David Silver on “‘Digital Natives’ on a Media Fast


At the 2012 Annual Meeting, BayNet presented David Silver’s talk: “‘Digital Natives’ on a Media Fast: A Few Findings About College Students, Collective Curiosity, and Libraries”

In the fall of 2011, David assigned a media fast to the 80 students enrolled in his Introduction to Media Studies course. “Log off from all electronic and digital media,” David told his students, “and remain logged off until it becomes dangerous, impossible, or unbearable.”

At the BayNet’s annual meeting 2012 on May 11, David shared student responses to the media fast (the good, the bad, and the terrifyingly bad) as well as various information-seeking behaviors among the so-called digital natives. Along the way, David shared his ideas of collective curiosity and how libraries are ideally positioned for tomorrow’s learners.

BayNet is grateful for the generous services provided by San Francisco Public Library (video) and Audrey Maloney (transcript).

Video of talk by Roberta Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress, on Oct 11

Roberta Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress, talked about “Who’s to Judge: Authority by Algorithm and Other 21st Century Challenges to the Law” on October 11, 2011 at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. BayNet hosted the event.

SPOTLIGHT: Alameda Free Library summer events

From “In Alameda Blog” at sfgate.com.

The show stopper was cutting one of the Library staff in half — although given all the cuts to the Library I’m sure that the Library director wishes she could do the same to all her staff, immediate doubling! — check out the particularly excited young lady in the front row:

SPOTLIGHT: African American Museum & Library

BayNet will be showcasing videos about Bay Area libraries. This 1 minute video about the AAML is part of a series by Oakland Tourism. If you have a video about your library, let us know!