Academic Libraries Invitational -April 28, 2017

You’re invited to the 3rd Academic Libraries Invitational: Ethnography in Our Backyard taking place on April 28th  from 9:30 am – 12:30pm at Suffolk County Community College.

There will be 2 programs presented.

Local Culture: An Ethnographic Perspective on Student Research and Study Practices by Kim Mullins and Natalia Tomlin

This presentation focuses on a large scale ethnographic study at Long Island University’s Post and Brooklyn campuses. The goal of the project was to better understanding student study and research processes in an effort to design learning environments and research services that were more responsive to their needs. The project utilized a robust mixed-methods design that spanned from fall 2012 to summer 2013, consisting of a 1182 student survey responses, 32 hours of unobtrusive observations, and 30 in-depth student interviews. Several strategic actions, including changes to the curriculum, space, and services have been completed or are being pursued based on the findings.

Library Study Behaviors in the Age of Ubiquitous Mobile Devices: An Observational Study in Four Academic Libraries by Tara King & Claudia McGivney

This presentation focuses on a large-scale ethnographic study conducted at four academic libraries on Long Island, NY. This study used an unobtrusive direct observation method and was conducted during the spring 2013 semester.  A total of 2,773 students were observed at four post-secondary institutions. The goal of the project was to better understand student behaviors in the library in an effort to help librarians make decisions to engage their students, adapt spaces, allocate resources, and to gather data on unique institutional cultures, needs, and practices. The results indicated whether students had a mobile device readily available and where students chose to study in the library best predicted whether they demonstrated a study, as opposed to a non-study, behavior.

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