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Improving Library and Information Services: Phenomenographically!

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Join Sheila Webber, Bill Johnston, Eva Hornung, Lauren Smith and Emily Wheeler as they explore phenomenography as a research approach and identify how it can be useful to you and your organisation when planning for future service development, redesign or developing partnerships. There will be opportunity to exchange experience, learn about the approach and gain confidence in applying it.

Workshop aims:

  • To introduce phenomenography as a research approach and identify the type of research questions it can address

  • To provide an overview of the phenomenographic research process (forming the question, selecting the sample, collecting and analysing data, presenting results) and give you practice in carrying out data analysis

  • To enable you to exchange experience, learn about the approach and gain confidence in applying it

  • To help you identify how it could be useful for you and your organisation when planning for future service development, redesign or developing partnerships

What is phenomenography?

Phenomenography is a way of finding out about the different ways that people think about and experience something. It helps ensure you don't make assumptions about how people feel about a service, or some other phenomenon. This includes avoiding the assumption that everyone thinks the same way! It is also often used as a prelude to teaching. For example, if you understand more about how learners (and their educators) conceive of information literacy, copyright, or data management, it will help you design more effective learning. Phenomenographic data is usally collected via interview, and the interview process itself can also help engage the interest of users.

Who should attend:

Anyone interested in carrying out phenomenographic research in a library and information context. This workshop is aimed at those who have little or no experience of doing phenomenography

This course supports the following elements of CILIPs Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB):

  • 2. Knowledge and Information Management: 2.4 Knowledge synthesis and information integration

  • 3. Using and Exploiting Knowledge and Information: 3.6 Information analysis

  • 4. Research Skills: 4.2 Evaluative Research

Cost:

The course is free for ILG members and £60 for non-members.

Facilitators:

Sheila Webber. Sheila is a Senior Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield. She heads the iSchool’s Libraries and Information Society research group, and is a Fellow of the Sheffield Methods Institute. Sheila has supervised and examined PhD students who are using the phenomenographic approach. She curates information literacy news at http://information-literacy.blogspot.com/

Bill Johnston. Bill is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde: his most recent publication (June 2016) is: From Information Literacy to Social Epistemology: insights from psychology, a book co-authored with Dr Anthony Anderson and published by Chandos. He and Dr Anderson are currently investigating Threshold Concepts in Psychology.

Bill and Sheila investigated UK academics’ conceptions of, and pedagogy for, information literacy using phenomenography in a 3 year AHRC-funded project. They have run workshops on phenomenography for the Higher Education Academy and the European Association for Health Information and Libraries. They have also been regular participants at the main event internationally to focus on phenomenography, the EARLI SIG Phenomenography conference.

Eva Hornung. Eva is the librarian at CDETB Curriculum Development Unit in Dublin. She conducted her PhD research on continuing professional development (CPD)of one-person librarians in Ireland under the supervision of Sheila Webber. She has published and presented on Phenomenography. Eva is a mentor with CILIP and serves on the CPD committee of the Library Association of Ireland as well as Chairperson of the Academic and Special Libraries Section.

Lauren Smith. Lauren is a Research Associate in The Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. She used phenomenography as part of her doctoral research into young people’s political information experience and combined it with critical pedagogical theory to develop recommendations for how information literacy instruction can support young people’s capacities for evaluating news and political information and participating in political processes.

Emily Wheeler. Emily is Library Learning Advisor, University of Leeds. She undertook a phenomenographic investigation into academic librarians’ perceptions of their own teaching skills for her Masters dissertation in the Information School, University of Sheffield. The work has been published and presented, and is a framework used for reflection on the librarianship courses in the iSchool


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