The Long Island University Libraries Ethnographic Study (presentation) – April 21, 2017


The LIU Libraries Ethnographic Study: Librarians-turned-Ethnographers Share their Experiences
From 2012-2016 Long Island University Libraries conducted a large scale ethnographic study to better understand how students study in the library, conduct their research, and use different sources. The research team analyzed over 1000 survey responses, 30 interview transcripts, and 185 observations using a qualitative and quantitative approaches. In this presentation, the speakers will address the projects methodology and major outcomes, including experiences as librarians-turned-ethnographers, and the difficulties and unique advantages of ethnographic research in libraries.

WHEN: Friday, April 21, 2:00-4:00 PM
WHERE: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Room 308, 219 West 40th Street, New York, NY
PROGRAM MODERATORS: Kanu A. Nagra, Borough of Manhattan Community College & Alexandra de Luise, Queens College
Please RSVP by April 14

Presenter Bios
Prof. Kim Mullins is an Assistant Professor and Instructional Design Librarian at the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, Long Island University Post and Adjunct Professor for the Palmer School of Library and Information Science. She received her MLIS from LIU Post and MS in Instructional Design from New York Institute of Technology. Kim has published and presented on her IDEA (interview, design, embed, assess) instruction design model for librarians.

Prof. Eamon Tewell is an Assistant Professor and Reference & Instruction Librarian at Long Island University Brooklyn, where he supports the teaching and learning activities of the campus community. He received his MLIS from Drexel University and his MA in Media Studies from LIU Brooklyn. Eamon has published and presented on the topics of critical information literacy, popular media and active learning in library instruction, and televisual representations of libraries.

Prof. Natalia Tomlin is an Associate Professor and Technical Services Librarian at the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, Long Island University Post. She also serves as a Coordinator for Digital Commons @ LIU institutional repository. Natalia has more than ten years of librarianship experience in the field of cataloging and bibliographic control. She served as is a guest lecturer at the Palmer and Pratt schools of Library and Information Science and is an author and co-author of several research articles published in leading LIS journals.

*Light refreshments will be served

This program is open to LACUNY and ACRL/NY members only.

If you are not a CUNY librarian: please use the following link to join or renew your membership to ACRL/NY (
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Please RSVP by April 14 by going to the following link :

For any questions contact:
Dr. Kanu A. Nagra
and Co-chair LACUNY PDC


Prof. Alexandra de Luise