Several Brookens Librarians participated in this study from 2008-2010. Among other things, our findings led us to institute the library workshop series that we market directly to students. If you do not have time in your course to invite a librarian in to the classroom to offer information literacy instruction, we urge you to think about offering extra credit for students who attend one of these workshops. Library instruction really does make a difference!
Here is an exerpt from the article:
“The ERIAL (Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries) project — a series of studies conducted at Illinois Wesleyan, DePaul University, and Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois’s Chicago and Springfield campuses — was a meta-exercise for the librarians in practicing the sort of deep research they champion. Instead of relying on surveys, the libraries enlisted two anthropologists, along with their own staff members, to collect data using open-ended interviews and direct observation, among other methods.
The goal was to generate data that, rather than being statistically significant yet shallow, would provide deep, subjective accounts of what students, librarians and professors think of the library and each other at those five institutions. The resulting papers are scheduled to be published by the American Library Association this fall, under the title: “Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know.”
One thing the librarians now know is that their students’ study habits are worse than they thought.”