News and Events at Boatwright Library
Ethnographic Methods and Library BehaviorDuring the Fall 2011 semester, students in Dr. Jan French’s Anthropoloy 211 Ethnographic Methods course collaborated with staff from Boatwright Library and Parsons Music Library to study the use of library spaces and resources. Each student chose an area of Boatwright or Parsons to study, and was provided with an iPad through the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's Mobile Classroom Initiative. They used the iPads to photograph and map spaces, to take notes in the field, and to record interviews and student focus groups. The class presented their results to information services staff in late November, and their findings have contributed directly to the library’s plans for a summer 2012 building renovation. Ethnographic studies and student involvement both play an important role in the library’s ongoing assessment efforts, which help us to understand and respond to the needs of our users through maintaining and improving beneficial programs, collections, and services. Many thanks to Dr. French and her students for their contributions!
New Film Studies/World Cinema Area
The Media Resource Center (MRC) has created a new area to support the Film Studies program and to locate an expanded world cinema DVD collection. The lower level of the MRC was converted last semester from staff offices to an area that includes three media stations with computers and equipment for viewing DVDs and VHS tapes as well as the world cinema DVD collection. A meeting table is available for small group study, student/faculty Film Study conferences and MRC staff meetings. Students that are not Film Studies majors are also invited to use the area as space allows for watching “on reserve” videos and for studying. It should be noted that entry to this area is from the MRC information desk. The doors that lead to outside the library are only to be used by library staff. If you have any questions about the layout and use of this area, please contact Paul Porterfield, Head, Media Resource Center.
Dr. Terryl Givens discusses his latest book, Parley P. Pratt: A Cultural and Intellectual Biography.
The E-Resource of the Week is Book Review Index.
Cultural Connections Discussion Series starts January 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Boatwright Computer Classroom.