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Further resources:

“Ethnographish”: The State of the Ethnography in Libraries
Donna Lanclos, J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
Andrew D. Asher, Indiana University Libraries

Read Donna Lanclos' article in Insights: the UKSG journal. "Ethnographic approaches to the practices of scholarly communication: tackling the mess of academia".

"Ethnographic approaches to the practices of scholarly communication: tackling the mess of academia" filmed plenary at the UKSG Annual Conference 2016 in Bournemouth.

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Donna Lanclos will discuss her anthropological research concerning academic practice, its fundamental messiness, and the implications of that for institutions of HE, libraries, and vendors designing and selling systems.

Date: Tuesday 1 November 2016
Time: 1330 GMT (Greenwich mean time)
Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (up to 60 minutes maximum if there is sufficient demand for an extended Q&A)



Donna Lanclos

Associate Professor for Anthropological Research 

J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte

 Read a short biography of Donna Lanclos. Donna Lanclos is an anthropologist working with ethnographic methods and analysis to inform and change policy in higher education, in particular in and around libraries, learning spaces, and teaching and learning practices. She is Associate Professor for Anthropological Research at the J Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte. Her research includes how students and staff engage with the nature of information and knowledge, how ethnography and anthropology can be used as tools in academic development and can influence policy and practice in higher education, physical and virtual spaces in academia, and how technology impacts learning, teaching and research. She collaborates with librarians, engineers, anthropologists, sociologists, education technology professionals, architects, and designers. Details about Donna’s work and other projects can be found at



A more grounded sense of what the actual behaviors and motivations of scholars (academic staff as well as students) are, and an increased awareness of the ways in which institutions can and should account for that in their planning and policy around digital and physical learning places and tools.

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