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Cues and Clues—How Students Identify Online Resources in the Face of "Container Collapse" (video)

Cues and Clues—How Students Identify Online Resources in the Face of "Container Collapse" (video)

By Brittany Brannon, Amy G. Buhler, Tara Tobin Cataldo, Christopher Cyr

This presentation focuses on the search behaviors and demographic characteristics that impact students’ ability to identify the container of resources that they retrieved from a simulated Google search and is followed by a discussion on the implications for information literacy.

Topics: Research Methods, Works in Progress

“It [my research] would take place at 11:50PM”: Constructing a Realistic Simulation to Study Online Information Evaluation for School Projects

“It [my research] would take place at 11:50PM”: Constructing a Realistic Simulation to Study Online Information Evaluation for School Projects

By Brittany Brannon, Amy Buhler

GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION LITERACY

When students explore a search results page for a school-related project, what leads them to select a resource? Learning how and why students select and evaluate resources for research projects in real time can be challenging. In this session, the authords discussed how they developed and deployed simulated search engine results pages to overcome methodological challenges and capture rich data on how students 4th grade through graduate school evaluate online resources.

Topics: User Research, Research Methods

Speaking on the Record: Combining Interviews with Search Log Analysis in User Research

Speaking on the Record: Combining Interviews with Search Log Analysis in User Research

By Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Brittany Brannon, Christopher Cyr, Peggy Gallagher

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

OCLC Research presents a novel user research methodology that combines log analysis with semi-structured interviews to determine how library users navigate the path from discovery to access. Indications are, “The methodology used for this study also could be extended beyond discovery systems. Other computerized activities that leave digital traces could be studied using interview protocols based on log analysis.”

Topics: User Research, Research Methods

From Research to Reality: Transforming Libraries for a Global Information World

From Research to Reality: Transforming Libraries for a Global Information World

By Lynn Silipigni Connaway

IFLA Satellite Meeting
Athens, Greece

Lynn Silipigni Connaway details research methods and techniques used in library and information science, the most popular research methods used in LIS, what we’ve learned from mixed methods research, and why teaching research methods is important. This was a keynote presentation at IFLA 2019.

Topics: Research Methods

Container Collapse: Student Search Choices and Implications for Instructional Interventions

Container Collapse: Student Search Choices and Implications for Instructional Interventions

By Joyce Kasman Valenza, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Tara Tobin Cataldo

ALA Annual 2019
Washington, DC (USA)

This update from the project Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC) includes research and information concepts, methods, and the idea of “container collapse,” which describes the obscuring of information sources from the print containers that once provided visual context and cues to help individuals identify the documents’ origins.

Topics: Information Literacy, Research Methods

A User-Centered Perspective: Integrating Qualitative Research Methods into the Study of Information Behavior

A User-Centered Perspective: Integrating Qualitative Research Methods into the Study of Information Behavior

By Lynn Silipigni Connaway

The International Symposium on Qualitative Methods in Librarianship and Information Studies
Mexico City (Mexico)

In this keynote presentation, Silipigni Connaway delves into data collection methods, information behavior research methods, making a case for qualitative research methods and providing examples in recent research of how this has been implemented.

Topics: Research Methods

Using Qualitative Methods for Library and Information Science Research: An Interactive Workshop

Using Qualitative Methods for Library and Information Science Research: An Interactive Workshop

By Lynn Silipigni Connaway

The International Symposium on Qualitative Methods in Librarianship and Information Studies
Mexico City (Mexico)

In this workshop, participants learned about qualitative research data collection methods and tools, focusing on interviews, structured observations, usability testing, and ethnographic research. Participants also went through a few exercises to put the knowledge into action.

Topics: Research Methods