I went for a great bike ride with a friend in celebration of Queen’s Birthday holiday. We explored an area I had not been to before. See ride here via STRAVA I have a good sense of direction and once I have travelled in an area I seem to remember it. In fact the same friend I went riding with calls me his GPS (Graeme Positioning System). When we stopped for coffee at a favourite café there were a couple of older bikers there. We got talking and they mentioned within the area we had just explored that there is a viewing tower and gave directions as to how to get there. I will check that out next time I ride in the area.
It made me reflect on how we find our information, and what I have heard and seen of how our library users search for information. Do they go exploring for themselves, have a good sense of direction and thus enjoy the journey but miss out on some good stuff? Do they do any prior research? Do they explore maps along the way? I did briefly look at a map within the area I travelled that was posted at an entrance to get an idea. Do they ask others, as I did, and then get some extra information? I’m sure I have read or heard that younger generations often ask peers first in information exploration. Maybe some readers can verify this or have some other ideas.