On April 10, 2015, the Yale University Library sponsored a symposium on library research and collections in the humanities. Andrew Abbott, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago delivered a keynote address entitled “Futures for Library Research.”
The symposium included presentations on the use of our collections in historical perspective, a discussion of what circulation and browsing data tells us about how collections are used, and the results of an ethnographic study of the research practices of current graduate students. The text of Abbott’s address is available here.
Also available are the slides from Yale University Assessment Librarian Sarah Tudesco’s presentation “Usage Data and Humanities Collections: What is the data telling us?” and the library ethnography report on humanities doctoral students: “Understanding the Research Practices of Humanities Doctoral Students at Yale University.”
Submissions from 2015
Futures for Library Research, Andrew Abbott
Understanding the Research Practices of Humanities Doctoral Students at Yale University, Denise Hersey, Sarah Calhoun, Gwyneth Crowley, Jana Krentz, and Melissa Grafe