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January 23, 2012

Ethnographic Methods and Library Behavior

During 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.

Library News
Podcasts@Boatwright Features Dr. Terryl Givens
Dr. Terryl Givens discusses his latest book, Parley P. Pratt:  A Cultural and Intellectual Biography.
E-Resource of the Week: Book Review Index Plus
The E-Resource of the Week is Book Review Index.
Spring 2012 Cultural Connections Series Starts Jan. 18
Cultural Connections Discussion Series starts January 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Boatwright Computer Classroom.

Upcoming Events and Library Workshops

Cultural Connections Discussions
Feb. 1: ATTRACTION
Full Schedule

Friends of the Library Event
Peple Lecture
Old Books, Digital Books, and the Future of Libraries
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m.
Robins Pavilion, Jepson Alumni Center

Boatwright Exhibits, 2nd Floor
Martin Luther Bible of 1861
Cantigas de Santa Maria, 13th Century

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