Assessment in Focus: Fieldwork and Observation — March 19, 2015

METRO & ACRL/NY present: Assessment in Focus: Fieldwork and Observation, Nancy Fried Foster (Speaker) March 19, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Speaker: Nancy Fried Foster
Nancy Fried Foster is Senior Anthropologist at Ithaka S+R, where she helps libraries and organizations understand their users and design better spaces, services, and technologies. For almost ten years, Nancy directed anthropological research at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. Projects there included eXtensible Catalog, IR+, the Camelot Project…

Description:
One of the major elements of an in-depth research project, fieldwork and observation studies help researchers understand the behavior of a population in its native environment. These studies help library and archives staff craft services that aid visitors at all stages of their interactions with an information center, even outside of direct interaction with library staff.

This interactive workshop will provide a hands-on experience with fieldwork. Participants will be asked to complete a short assignment prior to their arrival that will be used both as an icebreaker and a means of gaining entry into the subject area. Following this brief intro, participants will venture to a nearby, working academic library to do on-site fieldwork. A discussion of their findings will follow.

When?
Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where?
METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003

For more information and to register: http://metro.org/events/605/
To become a member of ACRL/NY: http://acrlny.org/join-us/

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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