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Inaugural LIS Methods Roundtable

Feb 25, 2013

Interested in conducting a survey of patrons or using a survey to study the information needs or practices of a particular community? Want to hear about some of the research going on in GSLIS and the University Library? The first installment of the new LIS Research Methods Roundtables is for you!

LIS Research Methods Roundtables will each focus on an LIS research method, offering opportunities to hear from colleagues who have experience using that method in their research. The first LIS Methods Roundtable will focus on survey research and will take place Monday, March 4, 4-5pm in Room 126 at GSLIS.

The panelists will include:

These three panelists bring combined experience surveying individuals and institutions in studies of local communities, libraries, and corporate employees, among others.

About the LIS Methods Roundtable Series

The LIS Methods Roundtable series introduces LIS research methods and the particular issues that arise in the research process. It is directed to all those who may be new to LIS research, or who may have years of experience in some research methods but want to try something new. Each roundtable focuses on one particular method and includes panelists from the University Library and GSLIS who have experience conducting research with that method. Panelists discuss how they confronted issues common to all projects in their specific experiences: why they chose a particular method, research method and instrument design and revision, negotiating the IRB process, data analysis, and useful tools and resources. A question and answer period gives time for the audience to ask specific questions related to the focus method and the particular research projects that employed them.

If you have questions or comments about this series, including what you would like to see included, please contact dtracy@illinois.edu