2015 Conference Highlights: Inspired Spaces, or Home Away From Home?

Each week between now and the 2015 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held from May 6-8 at the Clarion Resort Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  For more information on the conference, please take a look at the conference program (PDF). To register, visit the MLA conference page.

Inspired Spaces, or Home Away From Home? Academic Affordances of Peace, Quite, Comfort and Technology in the Library
Thursday, May 7
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Learn how a community college library team, an ethnographic research coordinator, student researchers, and faculty from across the college are collaborating on a multi-year ethnography project producing data informing and explaining what students do in the library. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches in ethnography and participatory design, we are learning how the library’s facilities and services are being used, and what the unmet students needs are. The data gathered is being used to implement short term change, and to inform our strategic plan for longer term facilities and service modifications in a rapidly changing, technology rich environment.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Presenters:

Tanner Wray - Director, Montgomery County Libraries
Tanner Wray – Director, Montgomery County Libraries
Sarah Fisher - Campus Library Manager, Montgomery County Libraries
Sarah Fisher – Campus Library Manager, Montgomery County Libraries
Beth Thoms - Reference Librarian, Montgomery County Libraries
Beth Thoms –
Reference Librarian, Montgomery County Libraries
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