Friday, October 03, 2014

MC Libraries Supports K to College

This week saw the start of the College’s new initiative, K(indergarten) to College. Through the program, each campus is partnering with a local kindergarten class. The initiative brings MC students, faculty, and staff into the kindergarten classroom to introduce these young learners to the college experience, opening their eyes at the very beginning of their formal education to the possibilities that await them.  Participating kindergarten students will learn about academic programs and careers, college athletic teams, and student organizations.  The first three schools to participate are Capt. James Daly Elementary School in Germantown, Beall Elementary School in Rockville, and East Silver Spring Elementary School in Silver Spring. 
Dr. Pollard visits Daly Elementary School

The MC Libraries are supporting this College initiative by donating 30 books to each of the schools.  On Wednesday, Dr. Pollard took the first set of books to Daly Elementary School, where she read from 2 books to the students. The Libraries’ Manager of Technical Services, Kari Schmidt, coordinated the effort with the staff from MCPS. Additional technical services staff ordered the selections and packaged them for delivery to the elementary schools.  For a full list of titles donated at the three schools visit http://libguides.montgomerycollege.edu/k2collegebooks


Montgomery College Libraries are committed to the goals of the K to College initiative, expanding learning opportunities to the County's youngest learners.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coming Soon: Ethnographic Study of Library Users at the Takoma Park Libraries



Coming Soon:  Ethnographic Study of Library Users
of Takoma Park/Silver Spring Libraries

The MC Libraries’ first ethnographic, participatory design study focused on the Rockville Library and its users and potential users.  Even as the Libraries work through the Rockville report, we are readying for a fall roll-out of the study of the TP/SS Library in the Resource Center and the Cafritz Art Center Library.  We will assure that we engage library users and potential library users on both the east and west sides of campus and in a variety of program majors, with art and nursing among the main ones. 

Ethnography -- a collection of qualitative methods that focus on the close observation of social practices and interactions -- is very fruitful approach to applied research for academic libraries.  It provides data about what library users actually do in libraries and directly what they say their library needs and preferences are. 

The Germantown Library will be the third campus studied, in 2015-16.  These studies will be important elements toward creating Libraries of the 21st century for Montgomery College. 

If you have questions, want more information or would like someone to talk with your group, class or office about this study, contact Jane Williams, project consultant, at 301-706-5200 (mobile), or jane.williams@montgomerycollege.edu



Library Ethnographic Study Lecture - "The Student-Centered Library": Nancy Fried Foster


 
Nancy Fried Foster 

“The Student-Centered Library”:  An Open Lecture by Nancy Fried Foster

Anthropologist and noted researcher on students and libraries, Nancy Fried Foster will be at Takoma Park/Siler Spring September 10, 2014, for a 2:00 p.m. lecture.  Dr. Foster’s seminal work, Studying Students, resulted from her an others’ work at the University of Rochester Libraries, where she was employed as director of anthropological research.  Now senior anthropologist at Ithaka S+R, a leading higher-education research and consulting non-profit, Dr. Foster is working with the Montgomery College Libraries to study each campus’ students’ needs and preferences for 21st-century library services, programs and space, using ethnographic methods.  All interested students, faculty and administrators are encouraged to attend.

CM211    September 10, 2014    2:00 p.m. lecture            3:00 Q&A with Dr. Foster & library officials

Dr. Foster's books can be found at your local campus library: http://goo.gl/i2xlLE

For more information about the Montgomery College Libraries' Ethnographic Study Project visit:




Friday, August 22, 2014

Fall Hours start Monday August 25

Are you ready to come BACK TO SCHOOL? We are! The Libraries will start our Fall hours on Monday, August 25

Campus Libraries
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Starting Sept 6)
Be advised - due to construction, access to the TP/SS Campus Library will be limited to the Main Floor.

Cafritz Art Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


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