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Play at being a scholars...

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"Genuine inquiry is fundamentally and inescapably playful. Real research--not the pallid reading.jpgimitation of research, the soulless but correct transcription of properly-documented sources that so many college assignments require--is about discovery, exploration, and persisting in the pursuit of an answer that, once finally found, blossoms like a magician's wand--hey presto!--into a bouquet of new questions.

We need to help students rediscover their own creativity as they play at being scholars. And when I say "play," I don't mean that we should encourage them to mimic their professors and use lots of big words they don't understand, though they may well think that's what's expected. No, we need to help them understand that research is all about the interplay of ideas, the freedom of movement among disciplines and spheres of discourse, the courage to ask a question without first knowing whether it has an answer."

from "Why we should take fun more seriously" by Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN -- Library Journal, 4/22/2010
Read more: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6726981.html


fresno.jpgWhat's an ethnographic library study and how can it inform how we provide library services?

The Reinventing Reference Collaborative invite you to explore these questions as we discuss "The Library Study at Fresno State" at the next Current Issues Coffee Club:

Tuesday, April 27, 3:00-4:30pm
Room S30A, Wilson Library
Coffee and treats will be provided


The Library Study at Fresno State: http://z.umn.edu/fresnostate

The Library Study at Fresno State provides a fascinating glimpse into how undergraduates at a large public university use and think about libraries and library services. The research was done by a team of anthropologists who used ethnographic observation techniques to study undergraduates in their "natural habitats," and examine how current library services align with the needs and desires of today's library users.

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