For immediate release | December 17, 2013

New from ACRL – 'Studying Students: A Second Look'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Studying Students: A Second Look,” edited by Nancy Fried Foster. The book revisits the ground-breaking ethnographic work done by the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries and serves as a follow-up to the 2007 ACRL release “Studying Students.”

“Studying Students: A Second Look” presents the results of further ethnographic projects at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. Topics range from how college students “learn the ropes” to their use of technology and how they study and write their research papers. The volume also discusses what professors expect of their students, along with the similarities and differences among faculty, student and librarian research practices. Filled with ideas for applying the findings, the book provides additional insight into the place and role of libraries in the academy.

“In recent years, we began to ask ourselves whether our undergraduates were still the same as they had been almost 10 years ago when we did the first study,” Fried Foster notes. “Had anything changed about our undergraduates and their work practices? Accordingly, we convened a team and conducted a new study, the Undergraduate Research Refresher, from 2011–2013. This book reports on the new study and draws comparisons to the original work.”

“Studying Students: A Second Look” is available for purchase in print, as an e-book and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist