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Why do we need this research?
We are interested in understanding reference and information service (RIS) from the practitioner perspective -- understanding the thoughts and feelings that motivate what professionals do.
Study of the practitioner perspective must include a diverse group of professionals in order to develop an inclusive understanding of RIS. However, professionals representing diverse ethnic groups can be difficult to access because they represent a minority of professionals and because they may be located in cities distant from researchers.
This project aims to study the experience of providing RIS from the perspective of librarians of color. in this way, our new understanding of RIS will include many perspectives.
What method are you using?
We are using a qualitative research method called interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) to study the experience of RIS for the participants in our study. This method identifies themes that are fundamental to the experience under study, but also preserves the experience of the individual participant.
You can read more about how IPA is being used for research in library and information science in a paper Amy wrote with Solveig Evenstad. (Use the form at the bottom of this page to request a copy of the paper.)