Studying Ourselves: Libraries and the User Experience (ACRL ANSS)

Sunday, June 30, 2013 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Moderator: Anne Larrivee, Social Science Librarian, Binghamton University
Moderator: Jennifer Darragh, Data Services and Sociology Librarian, Johns Hopkins University
Speaker: Andrew Abbott, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology and the College, University of Chicago
Speaker: Andrew Asher, Assessment Librarian, Indiana University
Speaker: Diane Wahl, Librarian III, University of North Texas

This program will discuss applications of traditional sociological and anthropological research methods to the study of libraries, librarians and library use. Experts from anthropology, sociology, and library science will gather together to discuss how research, including ethnographic studies of libraries have helped librarians understand their role and learn more about their environments. The panel will provide insight into the academic library environment, librarian roles, and the user experience as well as considerations for the future of libraries. What new ethnographic, library trends can librarians anticipate for the future? The implications of this research to future planning and the development of ethnographic research trends will also be considered.

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Friday, May 10, 2013 - 1:15am CDT
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I am very interested in this session but am unable to attend. If someone could send notes my way that'd be much appreciated!

I learned that ALA plans to record over 240 sessions at the conference (this one should be included). All full conference attendees will have access to the recordings/presentations by early August 2013.  Notice will be sent out to conference attendees when the recordings are ready. 

I believe ALA will be recording most of the conference programs this year, so I'll see if I can find out more about the recordings. I can also pass on my notes.

great news about the recording!

That's great news!  Any idea if there's a list available?  I want to attend some sessions that overlap with each other and that would help me decide (I could just access the recordings later). 


I've been told by one of my sources that ALA's goal is to record all programs and major speaker series events. 

Awesome - thanks!