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On November 15th the Nova Scotia Provincial Library will be hosting an Education Institute audio conference on “Using Observational Research Methods in Your Library” with Lisa M. Given.  This session will explore the use of observational research methods in library settings (e.g., using the "seating sweeps" approach to document how patrons are using library spaces). Related topics, such as implications for ethics review, how to use observational approaches with other research methods, and approaches to gathering data (e.g., digital photography) will be discussed. 

The Benefits 
Provides an overview of key design topics when using observational methods in the library context; 
Includes practical examples from projects using observation in library settings across Canada; 
Includes discussion time so that participants can ask questions about observational methods and data gathering equipment. 

Who Should Participate? 
Librarians working in academic, public, special libraries or other information settings who want to learn more about using observational research methods in their institutions. The topic of the session will also apply to a range of content areas from the health sciences to children's services. 

Key Topics
When to use observational methods; 
Choosing appropriate data gathering tools (e.g., digital photography); 
Qualitative vs. quantitative approaches to observation; 
Design issues - how to design effective observational projects. 

Lisa M. Given 
Lisa M. Given is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. She teaches graduate-level courses in research methods, Web design and information literacy. Her research interests include individuals' information behaviours, Web usability, the design of library space, and information use in the context of higher education. Her current research project, The University as Information Space: Exploring Undergraduates' Information Behaviours, was awarded a 2003 SSHRC Standard Research Grant.

Developed for the Education Institute by the Saskatchewan Library Association. 

Time: Wednesday, November 15th, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Classroom, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 3770 Kempt Road, Halifax
This session is free; parking is available in front of the building.

Please respond to Carol Morris at [log in to unmask] or by phone at 424-2477 if you would like to attend this session.  

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