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The Resource Practical research methods for librarians and information professionals, Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel

Practical research methods for librarians and information professionals, Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel

Label
Practical research methods for librarians and information professionals
Title
Practical research methods for librarians and information professionals
Statement of responsibility
Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Library and information professionals are increasingly called upon to justify budgets, services, programs sometimes even our very existence. This very practical and clear guide offers step-by-step guidance for using traditional research methods to help improve, validate, and ultimately advance the day-to-day work and purpose of libraries. Beck and Manuel's straight-forward and understandable approach shows how different methodologies focus groups, usability tests, action research, transaction analysis, bibliometrics can be used to evaluate and enhance library functions, including: Reference interviews; Collection and resource evaluation; Programming; Workflow, and Web site design and usage and more. Each chapter outlines a particular methodology s process, including: selecting the research topic, formulating questions, defining the population, gathering data, interpreting evidence, and telling the story. Specific advice for navigating legal and ethical concerns, avoiding incorrect inferences, overcoming communication obstacles, and working with institutional review boards is also included. This is an easy-to-use guide for practitioners and an essential introduction for library school students
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beck, Susan E.
Dewey number
020.72
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Z669.7
LC item number
.B43 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Manuel, Kate
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Library science
  • Information science
  • Library Science
  • Research Design
Label
Practical research methods for librarians and information professionals, Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The benefits of research -- The research process -- Content analysis -- Interviews and focus groups -- Observation and usability -- Experimental research -- Bibliometrics -- Action research -- Classroom research -- Avoiding common pitfalls in research -- Synergies in research
Control code
153772668
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 309 pages
Isbn
9781555705916
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007024093
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)153772668
Label
Practical research methods for librarians and information professionals, Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The benefits of research -- The research process -- Content analysis -- Interviews and focus groups -- Observation and usability -- Experimental research -- Bibliometrics -- Action research -- Classroom research -- Avoiding common pitfalls in research -- Synergies in research
Control code
153772668
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 309 pages
Isbn
9781555705916
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007024093
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)153772668

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