What students don't know gives an overview of findings from an ethnographic study of how students at various Illinois universities research, and is a vital read for anyone in the academic environment working with students.
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- The study will be published as a monograph.
- A similar study in 2007 Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester is also available (including a free online version).
- In 1993 Barbara Fister wrote the still-relevant and -mindblowing article Teaching the Rhetorical Dimensions of Research, reading which made me modify a class I was preparing for mid-way through pulling the powerpoint together.
- Ibid, 2011, Search: How Libraries Do it Wrong draws links between problems with how we teach search to students and with how we interact with academics and "the small things, the seemingly trivial things, that can drive people to find ways around libraries."
Unrelated links, on marketing:
- Gavia Libraria writes about all those times people say "So you're a librarian? So... you... shelve books?..." and suggests Representing Ourselves by telling people what we do (in elevator pitch format - she gives examples) rather than waste time attempting to argue about stereotypes.
- Mr Library Dude collects a bunch of Social Media Ideas & Prizes for Libraries from various libraries.