Running with Perseverance: The Theological Library’s Challenge of Keeping Pace With Changing Students

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Nancy K. Falciani-White


In the last thirty years, the study habits and learning styles of students have changed, influenced by parenting styles, pop culture, and the influx of technology into their lives. Those students studying theology in seminaries and universities across the United States have likewise changed dramatically. Their ages, ethnicity, gender, technological ability, and goals have all changed, as have their expectations for their education and their library. This paper will examine the characteristics of those students considered to be part of the “Millennial” generation, examine how these characteristics apply to students of theology, and explore the impact that these characteristics are having, and will continue to have, on theological libraries.

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Nancy K. Falciani-White, Wheaton College

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Buswell Memorial Library, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.