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Conference Proceeding

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Adapting the qualitative methodologies from Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester (Foster & Gibbons, 2007), the CalArts Student Behaviors and Habits (CASBAH) project undertook to learn holistically about the behaviors of art school students. Our research question was, “How do students in an artistic and nontraditional setting view and act on the process of discovery?” The CASBAH study utilized faculty interviews, student interviews, poster surveys, photo surveys, online surveys, and focus groups. We learned our students at CalArts expect to create their own individualized information-seeking paradigm, one that will not impose an external artistic perspective and may be nonlinear.

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Gatten, Jeff and Bryant, Mike. “Rock the CASBAH (CalArts Student Behaviors and Habits).” In People Make Libraries: Digging into Our Past and Polishing Our Present to Transform Our Future. California Academic & Research Libraries, 2010 Conference Proceedings.