A team at the University of Connecticut Libraries, led by Susanna Cowan, has conducted a big, interesting study of their undergrads. You can find Susanna’s report, “Assessment 360: Mapping Undergraduates and the Library at the University of Connecticut,” on the CLIR website.
From the report: “Using a combination of quantitative (survey) and qualitative (focus groups, interviews and home-grown instruments), we would investigate how our undergraduates do their work; how “work” and “non-work” are juxtaposed in their use of University spaces (including the Libraries); what resources (technological and other) they make use of for work/non-work; and where, in the context of these, the Library fits in to their academic and non-academic lives. The objective of the study was, in the simplest of senses, to get to know our undergraduates, to locate our own undergraduates on the ever-changing plane of technology use and information seeking, and to literally locate them in the places they choose to get work done—in dorm rooms, in study halls, and, of course, in the library.”
Thank you Jenaya Webb for sharing the link.