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Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Libraries and the student experience

The SRHE (Society for Research into Higher Education) Student Experience Network is running an event at the Information Commons (IC) on September 10th entitled 24/7: The Life of University 24-hour Libraries.

I'm coordinating two sessions at the event. The first is a formal presentation, alongside my dissertation supervisor, Professor Philippa Levy, talking about my dissertation on the IC. The second is a tour of the library "through students' eyes" replicating and commenting on some of the tours students gave me of the IC in my research. This will provide an introduction to the IC for those who haven't seen it before, alongside actual student experiences of the IC: which ties in quite nicely with the focus of the network!

Places are free, although they're limited and I'm not sure what the rate of uptake is so far. You can find out more, and register for a place, by contacting Matthew Cheeseman on m.cheeseman@shef.ac.uk. Matthew is the coordinator of the event, and has produced some fascinating ethnographic work on the IC from his position as a folklorist, which has been really valuable in my own ethnographic approach to learning about students' use of the building.

Note: photo is an old one from my visit to Sheffield as a prospective student. I need to take some more photos of the place now I'm studying it!

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