ERIAL featured in “The Chronicle of Higher Ed”

The ERIAL Project has been featured in an article on The Chronicle of Higher Education website about the Reference Research Forum at ALA. ERIAL was one of three research projects presented in the forum.

Overdue at the Library: Good Guides on How to Use It .

The ERIAL Project featured in Academic Commons

An article describing the development, implementation, and preliminary findings of the ERIAL project was published in the May 2010 issue of Academic Commons, “Advancing Towards Liberal Arts 3.0.”  The full text is available here. .

Colloquium @ IWU: Connecting Libraries and Users

Colloquium to be held May 21st, 2009 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington

When an instructor assigns a research project, what roles do library services, library resources and librarians play in a successful outcome for the students? What are the expectations, assumptions (and misunderstandings) between instructors, students and librarians in this process? And, finally, what do students really experience when they use our services and resources?

For the past two years, two anthropologists and thirty-five librarians have been observing search behaviors, shadowing, filming and interviewing hundreds of students and faculty at six different CARLI libraries to answer these questions. Their findings have significant implications for library services, instruction, web usability, marketing, library space design and more.

If you’re interested in hearing the results of these research projects, and getting tools for conducting similar studies in your own library, plan on attending this one-day colloquium co-sponsored by the CARLI Public Services Working Group and the Illinois State Library through a Library Services and Technology Act grant.

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