January 25, 2022

New: Capstone Report From an ITHAKA S+R Project on Information Needs, Research Practices of Community College Students

Note: Montgomery College is located in Montgomery County, MD (just outside of Washington DC).

From Roger Schonfeld, Director, Libraries & Scholarly Communication Program, ITHAKA S+R:

For three years, we have worked with Montgomery College to uncover the information needs and research practices of its students. As a result of this wide-ranging study—which included three campuses and over a thousand participants—the community college has begun to make important changes in its four libraries to better support its students.

While the field of ethnographic research of college students is growing, the community college sector is often overlooked. This makes the publication of Montgomery College’s capstone report, which is freely available on its website, all the more important.

Nancy Fried Foster, our senior anthropologist, also shares her reflection on this groundbreaking work in a report on our site.

Comparison Of Main Finding Across Three Phases Of The Project (Montgomery College Libraries' Ethnographic Studies 2013 -2016; Page 9)

Comparison Of Main Finding Across Three Phases Of The Project (Montgomery College Libraries’ Ethnographic Studies 2013 -2016; p. 9)


Direct to Montgomery College Libraries’ Ethnographic Studies 2013 -2016 (Capstone Report; 28 pages; PDF)

Direct to Reflections on Ethnographic Studies in a Community College Library System by Nancy Fried Foster (11 pages; PDF)

Direct to All Project Materials (Reports, Resources, Presentations, etc).

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.