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UL/LIS Spring Speaker Series — February 20th

On Thursday, February 20th, we will welcome Donna Lanclos as our Spring speaker in the UL/LIS Speaker Series. Donna has been the library ethnographer at UNC Charlotte since University Librarian Stanley Wilder’s arrival in 2009. She was hired as a full-time employee, and reports directly to the university librarian. Her research interests include the nature of information seeking behavior, as well as the relationship of the needs of instructors and learners to the physical and virtual spaces of academic libraries, and in higher education generally. You can read more about her work on her blog, The Anthropologist in the Stacks (

As with our Spriing speaker, Donna will be making one large, group presentation in the afternoon, after talking with a few smaller groups earlier in the day.

At 1:30pm in Hodges Reading Room, she will hold an informal discussion with any library/LIS faculty/staff interested in qualitative research methodology and her research process in terms of gathering and analyzing qualitative data about students and their needs.

Her main presentation will take place in EUC Alexander at 3pm. The presentation is titled “Ethnography in a Time of Library Change: The Role of Full-Time Qualitative Research in Academic Library Policy.” In this talk, she will discuss the broader implications of committing full-time work to qualitative research in a library policy context. How does having an anthropologist as a part of the library staff disrupt traditional modes of decision making? What can non-LIS positions in libraries mean?

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