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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.