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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Monday, November 07, 2005

Leckie/Hopkins - a question of methodology

I have two questions.

1. On page 336, the authors note that interviewees were picked by chance, alternating genders. If there is a gender discrepancy regarding who uses a library, could this approach skew their results?

2. On page 346, they mention percentages of patrons engaging in 'studious behavior.' They never really define what 'studious behavior' is. Is simply reading a book 'studious'? Is 'writing' or 'computer use'? How are they defining this??? I feel as if this is a really fuzzy category and I'm not sure if I trust this part of their study - even though they have all of those great tables!

Did this bother anyone else? Or am I just being crabby?

1 Comments:

Blogger Soojin Park said...

Important question. It's about the reliability issue!! So what is supposed to be done first? Or how to make this research more reliable?

First, do we need to conduct research on the gender discrepancy of using the two public libraries? Or did they need to mention about the possible problem?

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