Check out this great article which talks about a research project that Brookens Library participated in!
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 literary 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.”