Sunday, November 11, 2007

Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester

Colleagues/

Earlier this year, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a mostinteresting story titled "An Anthropologist in the Library: The U. of Rochester takes a close look at students in the stacks"
[http://chronicle.com/weekly/v53/i50/50a02601.htm] (Subscribers)

Recently the full results of the study were reported in StudyingStudents: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester. Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at theUniversity of Rochester provides a view into the ground breaking application of ethnographic tools and techniques to the understanding of undergraduate students and their use of information. The publication describes findings of the work at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries and provides insight into how academic librarians might use these techniques on their own campuses.

[http://www.alastore.ala.org/SiteSolution.taf?_sn=catalog2&_pn=product_detail&_op=2434]

Table of Contents
Introduction to the Undergraduate Research Project /Nancy Fried Foster and Susan Gibbons
1. Faculty Expectations of Student Research / Barbara Alvarez and Nora Dimmock
2. Asking Students about Their Research / Vicki Burns and Kenn Harper
3. Night Owl Librarians: Shifting the Reference Clock / Suzanne Bell and Alan Unsworth
4. Library Design and Ethnography / Susan Gibbons and Nancy Fried Foster
5. Dream Catcher: Capturing Student-Inspired Ideas for the Libraries' Website /
Jane McCleneghan Smith and Katie Clark
6. Photo Surveys: Eliciting More Than You Knew to Ask For / Judi Briden
7. Mapping Diaries, or Where Do They Go All Day? / Katie Clark
8. What an Experience: Library Staff Participation in EthnographicResearch / Helen Anderson and Ann Marshall
9. Then and Now: How Today's Students Differ / Sarada George
10. The Mommy Model of Service / Nancy Fried Foster
11. Conclusion: Creating Student-Centered Academic Libraries / Susan Gibbons and Nancy Fried Foster
References

Price: $28.00 ALA Member Price: $25.20100 pages 8.5" X 11" SoftcoverISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8437-6 ISBN-10: 0-8389-8437-1

Also Available As a Open Access Downloadable File[http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/downloadables/Foster-Gibbons_cmpd.pdf ]

[http://docushare.lib.rochester.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-27275/Foster-Gibbons_cmpd.pdf] [Thanks Sean]

Podcast Available

College & Research Libraries News Editor-In-Chief David Free talks with Judi Briden, Katie Clark, and Ann Marshall of the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries about their use of ethnographic tools and techniques to understand undergraduate students and their use of information. Briden, Clark, and Marshall are contributors to the ACRL publication Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester.[16:37]

[http://blogs.ala.org/acrlpodcast.php?title=studying_students_the_undergraduate_rese&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 ]

Enjoy!

/Gerry

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