Practical Research Methods for Librarians and Information Professionals

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$72.00
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Item Number: 
978-1-55570-591-6
Published: 
2008
Publisher: 
ALA Neal-Schuman
Pages: 
309
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
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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, classroom research, bibliometrics--can be used to evaluate and enhance library functions, including:
• Instruction
• Web site usability
• Program development
• Content analysis
• User interactions
• 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 a down-to-earth introduction for library school students.

Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel

Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel

"Susan E. Beck and Kate Manuel have written a detailed work on practical research methods that should appeal to librarians and information professionals who struggle to fit serious research into their busy professional duties."

--Portal: Libraries and the Academy
 
"A good tool for teaching the research method to library students as well as information professionals seeking to learn or relearn the process."
--Journal of the Medical Library Association
 
"I would recommend it without hesitation for several audiences. The text should be valuable for library students (regardless of their field), and deserves a look from busy librarians and information professionals as well."
--ARBA
 
"A guide to assist librarians to become more than what they are ... Highly recommended for any library science collection and for the librarians themselves."
--Midwest Book Review
 
"The perfect book to help librarians find both the time and the expertise needed to conduct thorough and rigorous research ... Beck and Manuel have crafted a superb resource for beginning and veteran researchers alike."
--The Journal of Academic Librarianship
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