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Research rules for library ethnography

Research rules for library ethnography Purpose – The aim of this paper is to introduce the second part of the theme issue on “user research and technology” and to discuss testing online digital library resources using methods from ethnography and cultural anthropology. Design/methodology/approach – This editorial reviews the literature and research design methods. Findings – Library and information science as a field is changing and the requirements for top quality research are growing more stringent. This is typical of the experience of other professional fields as they have moved from practitioners advising practitioners to researchers building on past results. Originality/value – The results of current research need not merely be interesting, but in so far as possible, testable and reproducible. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

Research rules for library ethnography

Library Hi Tech , Volume 29 (3): 3 – Sep 6, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/07378831111174378
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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to introduce the second part of the theme issue on “user research and technology” and to discuss testing online digital library resources using methods from ethnography and cultural anthropology. Design/methodology/approach – This editorial reviews the literature and research design methods. Findings – Library and information science as a field is changing and the requirements for top quality research are growing more stringent. This is typical of the experience of other professional fields as they have moved from practitioners advising practitioners to researchers building on past results. Originality/value – The results of current research need not merely be interesting, but in so far as possible, testable and reproducible.

Journal

Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 6, 2011

Keywords: Library and information science; Research; Digital storage; Resource management

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