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