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Library and Information Research
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ISSN (Print) 0141-6561 - ISSN (Online) 1756-1086
Published by CILIP Homepage  [2 journals]
  • Editorial: Research methodology in library and information studies (LIS)

    • Authors: Judith Broady-Preston
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • Making sense of methods – a conversation about qualitative research in
           library and information studies

    • Authors: Edward Francis Abbott-Halpin, Antony Bryant
      Abstract: Currently there is an embarrassment of riches with regards to research in areas such as library and information studies [LIS] – a range of possibilities, both qualitative and quantitative – added to which we now have the potential for ‘mixed methods’ and the lure of ‘Big Data’ as a resourced that appears to offer a readily available and potentially fruitful basis for investigative studies. All of this provides a rich body of resources for researchers, but this abundance also has a downside leading to confusion and perplexity. Contributions such as this special issue are intended to resolve and ameliorate this, and so we seek to address some of these issues in the form of an interchange between two researchers with interests that include, but are not limited to, research in LIS. The aim of this is to seek some clarification of key issues involved; although we realize that this is unlikely to provide any definitive outcome, it may assist those seeking some guidance on these matters.
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • An evaluation of phenomenography

    • Authors: Amanda F. Cossham
      Abstract: This article briefly evaluates phenomenography as a research approach. Drawing on findings from a recently-completed research project, it explains the phenomenographic approach, outlines how it was used in the research project, and presents the advantages and disadvantages of phenomenography. It identifies three issues with using phenomenography that do not seem to have been raised elsewhere. Two issues apply generally to all such research: the nature of phenomenographic data, and an inconsistency in phenomenography itself. The third is around mental models and phenomenographic conceptions and applicable to this research project, but has wider implications for the concept of mental models in the cognitive viewpoint of library and information studies (LIS) research.
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • Meta-Ethnography and its Potential for Theory Building in Library and
           Information Science

    • Authors: Nancy Everhart, Melissa P. Johnston
      Abstract: Meta-ethnography is an interpretive method that provides a way to synthesize the findings of two or more qualitative studies concerning a similar research question or topic. Going beyond the traditional literature review, which looks at individual studies, meta-ethnography facilitates generalizations through extracting concepts, metaphors, and themes. This paper provides a thorough description of the seven steps of meta-ethnography as defined by Noblit and Hare (1988). Implications for this method and the field of Library and Information Science (LIS), especially in the area of theory building, are discussed. Appropriate examples of actual and potential applications within LIS and related disciplines are given to illustrate the potential for the meta-ethnographic method.
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • Institutional ethnography: A sociology for librarianship

    • Authors: Nicole K Dalmer, Roz Stooke, Pam McKenzie
      Abstract: Canadian sociologist Dorothy Smith’s institutional ethnography (IE) is an ontology of the social that conceptualises ‘life as usual’ as the ongoing coordination of people’s actions across diverse sites. Popular in the health sciences and human service professions as a research strategy for understanding and explicating problematics of everyday life, it is slowly gaining traction as a critical research approach for library and information science (LIS). This article introduces IE and provides an overview of its central tenets. It outlines ways in which institutional ethnographers identify research problematics and collect and analyse data. The article concludes with three illustrations of how institutional ethnography has been used to map the linkages among activities and institutional processes, ultimately revealing how it can contribute to a critical understanding of library and information science practices and scholarship.
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • Threshold concepts and core competences in the library and information
           science (LIS) domain: Methodologies for discovery

    • Authors: Virginia M. Tucker
      Abstract: Researchers have used a variety of methodologies for investigating threshold concepts, and this paper considers these approaches for library and information science (LIS) domains. The focus is on specific benefits of constructivist grounded theory for eliciting evidence of core knowledge, and elements of research design for this purpose are discussed, including the importance of collecting experiences from the learners themselves as well as effective protocols for data gathering and analysis through the use of active tasks and semi-structured interviews. The discussion extends to implications of the research design for how it may be applied to thematic analysis more broadly and to discovering critical knowledge that does not have the characteristics of threshold concepts but which may indicate attributes of core competences in the LIS discipline.
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • Participant-driven photo-elicitation in library settings: A methodological

    • Authors: Shailoo Bedi, Jenaya Webb
      Abstract: With the current attention in libraries on user-focused services and spaces, there is an increased interest in qualitative research methods that can provide insight into users’ experiences. In this paper, we advance photo-elicitation—a research method that employs photographs in interviews—as one such method. Although widely used in the social sciences, photo-elicitation has seen comparatively little uptake in Library and Information Studies (LIS). Here, we provide an overview of the method, consider epistemological and theoretical approaches, discuss cases of its application in library contexts and examine the benefits of using photo-elicitation for LIS research. We draw on our own research experiences and argue that photo-elicitation is a productive method for learning about the lived experiences of our users and for creating a collaborative approach to library research.
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • Needham, G. & Ally, M. (EDS.). (2015). M-Libraries 5: from devices to
           people. London: Facet Publishing.

    • Authors: Katie Smith
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • Koehler, W. (2015) Ethics and values in librarianship: a history. Lanham:
           Rowman & Littlefield.

    • Authors: Lucile Desligneres
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
  • Brown, N.E., Bussert, K., Hattwig, D. & Medaille, A. (2016). Visual
           literacy for libraries: a practical, standards-based guide. London: Facet

    • Authors: Claire Carter
      PubDate: 2018-02-02
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2018)
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