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July Edition of Ethnozine – Ethnography of Wikipedia Sources, Live Fieldnoting, & 4 guest contributors for The Ethnographer’s Reading List

July Edition of Ethnozine – Ethnography of Wikipedia Sources, Live Fieldnoting, & 4 guest contributors for The Ethnographer’s Reading List | Libraries and Ethnography | Scoop.it
Ethnozine: July ’12 edition Just because summer is here doesn’t mean that ethnographers slow down.This month Heather Ford updates us on her Wikipedia research. She shares with us screen...
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Lessons in Ethnography

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This semester at the University of North Texas I am taking SLIS 5445, History and Culture of Youth Services. A good portion of the class has focused on ethnography and its application in youth serv...
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Library ethnographies | Fieldnotes from the library

As I mentioned in my last post, this summer I am doing a special problems / independent readings course on the use of ethnographic methods in analyzing library services...

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Undergraduate Scholarly Habits Ethnography Project

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This project uses qualitative methods to examine the scholarly habits and explore the diversity of the undergraduate experience in the urban, public, commuter colleges that make up the CUNY system. Our project makes an important contribution to recent qualitative studies of undergraduates, which have largely focused on students at residential campuses, and will provide critical, complementary data. We anticipate that the data gathered during this study will have broad utility to many stakeholders in the academic and library communities; in particular we intend for it to inform improvements to library services and resources, and contribute to student success at CUNY.

Ethnographic techniques such as interviews, photo surveys, and mapping diaries will be used to gather qualitative data from faculty and students. 

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ERIAL Project

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The Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries (ERIAL) Project is a two-year study of the student research process. The project is funded by an LSTA grant awarded to Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) by the Illinois State Library. The goal of the project is to understand how students do research, and how relationships between students, teaching faculty and librarians shape that process. ERIAL is also an applied study—that is, research pursued with the purpose of uncovering, understanding and addressing social problems. As such, its goal is to use the results to develop more user-centered library services.

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The Heart of Innovation: The 8 Dimensions of a Brainstorm Session

The Heart of Innovation: The 8 Dimensions of a Brainstorm Session | Libraries and Ethnography | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions...
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Toolkit « ERIAL Project: “A Practical Guide to Ethnographic Research in Academic Libraries” by Andrew Asher and Susan Miller

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User-Centered Ethnography @ Atkins Library (1/3)

UNC Charlotte's J. Murrey Atkins Library is conducting two user-centered exercises: (1) asking patrons, and especially students, how they work; and (2) gaugi...
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THE VIRTUAL REALITY: Exploring graduate student use patterns of the UCSB Library The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

THE VIRTUAL REALITY: Exploring graduate student use patterns of the UCSB Library The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Libraries and Ethnography | Scoop.it

As the Davidson Library plans for its new building and renovation, it has prioritized the task of learning more about its most enigmatic user group: graduate students. Using ethnographic methods, the library collaborated with an anthropologist to uncover the work processes and campus spaces of these students. The project had three objectives: 1. to lead to a greater understanding of graduate students and their needs, 2. to facilitate discussion between the library, graduate students, and the larger university community, and 3. to prompt library and university improvements. The project revealed that most graduate students do not use the physical library; however, they do rely heavily upon online journals. Additionally, many were unaware of the library’s full range of services and they often felt less than proficient when using the library’s website and online databases.

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Demystifying Ethnography: Exploring Student Use of Library Spaces

This presentation was given at the Minnesota Library Association 2010 Annual Conference by Julie Gilbert, Amy Gratz, Anna Hulseberg, and Sarah Monson.
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