Ethnographic Observation

Donna Lanclos

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Donna is an anthropologist working to inform and change policy in higher education, in particular in and around libraries, learning spaces, and teaching and learning practices. She blogs about this and other work at, and you can also find her on Twitter @DonnaLanclos.

Andrew Asher

Indiana University

Andrew Asher is an anthropologist and the Assessment Librarian at Indiana University, where he leads the libraries’ qualitative and quantitative assessment programs and conducts research on the information practices of students and faculty. Asher specializes in utilizing ethnography in libraries, and is the co-editor of College Libraries and Student Culture.


Workshop participants will be divided into pairs or groups (depending on size of workshop), and sent to a public space to conduct observations. Each group will be assigned a particular part of the area, and will have... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Donna Lanclos (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
  2. Andrew Asher (Indiana University)

Topic Area

Innovative Methods


PA-5C » Workshop: Ethnographic Observation (13:30 - Tuesday, 1st August, Seminar Room 1)

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