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21st Annual Reference Research Forum (2015)

21st Annual Reference Research Forum (2015)

The Research & Statistics Committee will be hosting the 21st Annual Reference Research Forum on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 am in the Moscone Conference Center, room 2014 (W).  Come join us for our popular event!  We will have 3 wonderful speakers along with time for questions and answers. 

Information Behavior of Foreign-Born Students at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Frans Albarillo

This presentation reports the results of a survey of immigrant and international students at Brooklyn College, a large public liberal arts college with a diverse campus that serves many foreign-born and first-generation immigrant students. The survey gathers data on students in these communities to investigate common patterns and explore how these students experience the academic library with a focus on language and culture. This exploratory study was funded by a grant from the PSC CUNY and further developed at the 2014 inaugural Institute of Research Design in Librarianship.

Understanding the research needs of mid-level undergraduate students, Reed College, Marianne Colgrove and Annie Downey

How do sophomores and juniors learn to do independent research and what services, resources and curriculum strategies would help? As part of a larger Mellon-funded initiative, the Reed College Library and IT departments collaborated on a needs assessment in order to understand the gap between faculty and student perspectives on the research process. Using both focus group discussions and a student survey, the needs assessment showed that faculty characterize research as a complex, multi-faceted process and emphasize the importance of a researchable question that drives the process. Many students aren’t sure what faculty expect and often invest so much energy in gathering resources that they run out of time to conduct analysis and integrate their assignment into a unified whole. This study also exemplifies how IT and the library can collaborate to conduct a low-cost self-study that informs the development of new research curriculum and services.


Library as Endangered Species in the Information Ecosystem, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Jean Amaral

When students and faculty need information, where do they go? A year-long ethnographic study at an urban community college suggests it may be anywhere but the library. Amaral will present the results of this study, which call for engaging in a creative reassessment of library services in community colleges.


Cynthia Robin Levine's picture

I created this new page showing last year's forum topics so we could point readers of our Call for Presentations to a list of past projects.  Do we have a page showing projects from all years?

David Ward's picture

We don't (so far as I am aware), but we should.  I don't know a lot about ALA connect, but possibly we could create a static page of prior years' forums for folks to browse.