Call for Proposals

37th ASDAL Conference

Lynda Baildam, Per Lisle

Millenials, Generation X, Y or Z – How well do we know our customers


Students born in the late 1990s and early 2000s are now working their way through higher education. Some commentators refer to these as “Millennials”, the latest in a long line of attempts to categorise generations of people that include “Baby Boomers” and “Generation X”.

According to Roehling, et al, the “Millennials” think and operate differently compared to their predecessors.

They have been raised in an environment in which individuality is highly valued and information, entertainment, and social interactions are unlimited and at their fingertips. As a result, these students may have different educational experiences and needs than previous generations. … They are easily bored, expect variety, are self-directed, have high levels of self-esteem, are collaborative, are ethnically diverse, and crave interactivity.[1]

The conference will seek to address the implications this has for libraries. The 2017 Conference Committee is now accepting papers, presentations, or posters on but not limited to the following:

  1. Who are the “Millennials” and how do they see themselves?
  2. How well do we know our customer – how they think and learn?
  3. What kind of physical space and equipment do libraries need to serve the “Millennials”?
  4. “Millennials” and archives
  5. Not all students/library customers are “Millennials”. How do libraries cater for customers with a range of needs?
  6. Millennial speak
  7. A Millennial’s guide to library terminology
  8. The “Millennial” and spirituality/religion


Please send your proposal to before 28 February 2017.


[1] Patricia Vincent Roehling, Thomas Lee Vander Kooi, Stephanie Dykema, Brooke Quinsberry, Chelsea Vandlen. 2011.” Engaging the Millennial Generation in Class Discussions.” College Teaching 59, no. 1: 1.