LibraryUX was delighted host a day-long workshop designed and facilitated by Dr. Donna Lanclos and Dr. Andrew Asher exploring the use of ethnographic methods in libraries.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) continuing education program in making this event possible.
About this Event
This workshop was held Friday, October 18, 2019 from 10am-4pm at the University of Chicago Library.
Workshop attendees participated in a range of activities designed to explore ethnographic methods, including practice mapping, observations, and recording. The day ended with an overview of ethics for observational research, followed by a group brainstorm and discussion.
Attendees finished the day with a new understanding of the reasons for adopting an ethnographic approach to assessment and institutional contexts. They experienced using a range of qualitative methods to gather information from people about why and how they go about their work/study practices, and had opportunities to connect these methods to the questions they need answered about people and practices within and around their institutional contexts.
About our Speakers
Dr. Donna Lanclos and Dr. Andrew Asher are anthropologists who have collectively worked as assessment and user experience experts in libraries and higher education for more than a decade. They have led on projects including Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries (ERIAL), the Atkins Library Ethnography project (at UNC Charlotte), and conducted fieldwork in libraries in the US, UK, Ireland, and Poland. They have also consulted on anthropological projects for EIFL, CLIR, and Jisc. They are currently partners in Anodyne Anthropology, LLC, which offers research, analysis and facilitation in libraries and other education contexts. You can find Donna and her work at www.donnalanclos.com or on Twitter @DonnaLanclos. Andrew is @aasher on Twitter, and his website is www.andrewasher.net.
On Friday, September 27th, Library UX held a coffee chat at pHlour Bakery & Cafe. This month's chat was about assessing library instruction, and ethnographic methods.