Disturbing reference interaction today: "I need help looking up information on x. I'm a teaching major, so I've never had to look up information before."
Oh, that's painful. But believable. I have some outstanding students who are teacher ed majors, and I'd happily put my children in their future classes. But the majority (I get mostly the social studies teacher ed students, not the math and science ones) sit in the back of the class, don't take notes, can't write coherently, and seem satisfied to earn a C-. I'm quite sure I've had a few who've never looked up anything that wasn't on Wikipedia.
Somehow I'm not at all surprised by that...
I had one like that when I worked in the Engineering Library. Someone came in pissed as all get out because she was not going to be allowed to complete her dissertation for her doctorate without verifying one reference at the library. She had managed to completely get through her entire academic career without once visiting the library, and was damned proud of the fact. She saw her sole final library visit before degree completion as a huge failure and pure annoyance generated by her faculty member.
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