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


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Change in LIBRARY HOURS for 8/18/2014-9/1/2014

Please be aware of changes to regular library hours for the week of 8/18-8/22 and for the Labor Day Holiday 8/30-9/1.

**On days where the library is closed, there can be no fine resolutions in order to register.**

Books can always be returned at the campus book drops 24/7.





If you have questions please contact one of the campus branches:
  • Cafritz Center Art Library 
    240-567-5813 - Circulation
    240-567-5867 - Reference
  • Germantown Library         
    240-567-7858 - Circulation
    240-567-7853 - Reference
  • Rockville Library                
    240-567-7117 - Circulation
    240-567-7130 - Reference 
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Library                       
    240-567-1540 - Circulation
    240-567-1536 - Reference 


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