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LIU Libraries to Launch YearLong Ethnographic Study to Better Understand Students' Study and Research Habits

LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post to host a kick-off event for students to take University-wide survey and win prizes


Valeda F. Dent, Ph.D., MILS, MSW,Dean, University Libraries
720 Northern Boulevard,
Long Island University
(516) 299-2307

Brookville, N.Y. — The LIU Libraries will launch a yearlong ethnographic study of student research and study behaviors to help explore the landscape of how students navigate their way through their academic work. More specifically, the study—approved by the University's Institutional Review Board—will focus on the processes, tools, resources and technologies that students use, and who they turn to for help. Ethnographic studies are useful in that they are used to explore and understand how certain groups, cultures, and teams work. The LIU Libraries' study will involve working closely with students – through interviews and observation – to learn first-hand about how they work in the academic environment. The research team is comprised of library faculty and staff, and co-sponsored by the Library and Office of Instructional Technology.

The two kickoff events will be held on Monday, Nov. 19, at LIU Post from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 pm and at LIU Brooklyn from 3 pm to 6 pm. Students are invited to participate in the University-wide survey while enjoying candy, popcorn and an on-the-spot raffle for prizes that include Nets basketball tickets at the new Barclays Center and a MacBook Air.

Students who are unable to attend either kick-off event can access the survey until Dec. 10 at, via QR code on their mobile devices, or on any of the library's public computers.

Posted 11/13/2012

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