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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

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

Digging into the Research: An Overview of Models and Networks

Digging into the Research: An Overview of Models and Networks

By Brian Lavoie, Rebecca Bryant, and Merrilee Proffitt

OCLC RLP Research Retreat
Dublin, OH (USA)

Three researchers and program officers share how OCLC Research develops models to help research libraries (and others) with sensemaking, striving for our models to be useful and to facilitate big picture thinking.

Topics: Research Methods, Research Library Partnership

Convenient Isn't Always Simple: Digital Visitors and Residents

Convenient Isn't Always Simple: Digital Visitors and Residents

By Lynn Silipigni Connaway

University of Adelaide
Adelaide (Australia)

This presentation explains the concepts and framework of digital visitors and residents and the project of mapping individuals on a spectrum of visitor vs. resident for personal and individual use. Examples from the University of Adelaide are featured as well.

Topics: Digital Visitors and Residents, Research Methods