Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian
The more things change, the more they stay the same? Consider that in 1991, the U.S. economy was in recession and thousands of American military personnel were deployed to the Middle East. Many of today’s first-year college students – the class of 2013 – were born that same year.
For over a decade, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, which looks at the cultural and historical events which have shaped the lives of students entering college. Consider just a few of the items from the Mindset List that have impacted the Class of 2013, with accompanying links to library resources for additional background:
- Ervin “Magic” Johnson has always been HIV-positive. See “`It can happen to anybody. Even Magic Johnson.'” from the November 18, 1991 issue of Time magazine, available in Academic Search Premier.
- Text has always been hyper. See “Berners-Lee, Tim.” In Biography Reference Bank Select.
- The European Union has always existed. See “European Union” in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics.
- Women have always outnumbered men in college. See Table 269 of the U.S. Statistical Abstracts in PDF format.
- Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Lithuania and Estonia have always been independent nations. See the CIA World Factbook.
- And, more…
Also making this list for the Class of 2013: “They have never used a card catalog to find a book.” While there may be exceptions to this rule, a large number of libraries, including UNK, did indeed switch to an online catalog during the early and mid-1990s. That old card catalog may be as unfamiliar to today’s first-year students as a typewriter!
Susan Mueller, Collection Services Librarian, contributed to this story.