Learning About Students Through the Lens of Anthropology

Rochester, New York, March 20-21, 2012

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), in partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), is pleased to announce a workshop on “Learning About Students Through the Lens of Anthropology.” This workshop is part of the “Leadership through New Communities of Knowledge” program, an opportunity made possible through the generous financial support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The workshop will take place March 20-21, 2012, at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. Nancy Fried Foster, Director of Anthropological Research at the River Campus Libraries of the University of Rochester, will lead the workshop. Institutional teams of two will learn how ethnographic methods can help them understand their undergraduate students’ work practices and how library and information services can address real needs based on this understanding. On the first day, participants will conduct observations, report on what they observed, and learn about the process and applications of this method. They will also learn a research method that uses campus maps. On the second day, participants will gain exposure to photo elicitation and discuss how to make sense of the data and apply their findings.

CLIR and CIC invite applications to participate from two-person teams from small to mid-sized private colleges and universities. In addition to underwriting the tuition costs for successful applicants, CLIR will provide up to three nights’ lodging for each successful applicant at the Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester. Participants will also be reimbursed for their travel costs to Rochester, up to a total of $1000, in accordance with CLIR’s travel policy. Most meals will also be provided during the course of the workshop.

Applicants from all small to mid-sized private colleges & universities are eligible, with preference given to those employed by CIC member institutions. Teams should be comprised of two library staff members, or one librarian and one staff member from a campus organization affiliated with the library, such as instructional technology, information technology, or a tutoring center. Preference will also be given to applicants committed to sharing the expertise they will gain through the workshop with colleagues from other institutions in their regions. Potential participants from HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, and institutions with a high proportion of first-generation college students are encouraged to apply. Potential participant teams must demonstrate institutional approval of their applications by obtaining a signature from their Chief Academic Officer or other appropriate campus official.

Click here to download the PDF application form; click here to download the approval form for your Chief Academic Officer or other appropriate campus official. Save the completed forms as PDFs and include the applicants’ names in the document titles.

Submit completed applications and signed institutional approval forms to newcommunities at clir dot org by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time, February 15, 2012. Applicants will be notified of their status by February 22, 2012. Questions about the application or other aspects of the program may be directed to CLIR Program Associate Lori Miller at lmiller at clir dot org. (Please substitute normal e-mail characters for “at” and “dot” in these addresses.)

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