Qualitative Research and Analysis. Strategic Planning Feedback at UT Tyler’s Robert R. Muntz Library Terra Bianchi, MLIS, CA Margo Duncan, MLS. Introduction. UT Tyler: 7,519 students 47 Undergraduate bachelor’s degrees 43 Graduate master’s degrees 2 Doctoral degrees
Strategic Planning Feedback at UT Tyler’s Robert R. Muntz Library
Terra Bianchi, MLIS, CA
Margo Duncan, MLS
Qualitative Research and Analysis, defined:
“Qualitative researchers are interested in understanding the meaning people have constructed, that is, how people make sense of their world and the experiences that they have in the world” (Merriam, 2009)
Qualitative analysis is the way you interpret results to come up with a succinct summary of data
Enhances awareness Aims not pre-determined
A lot of data
Hard to analyze
Defending your analysis summary
Q: How do you use the library now?
A: “Well my experience recently was that I needed some articles for some research I’m doing on fair trade. I needed about 10 articles and I accessed them from that search right on the front page [he brought up the website and pointed to SwoopSearch]. Yeah – that thing right there! It says “Start Your Search Here.” I just thought that was great. I just had my references and typed them in and you had about 7 out of 10 of them. The others I had to create an ILL account but that wasn’t too hard because I did it. I got the articles in about 3 days. I think it was a Friday and I got them on Monday. It was a really great service. Normally I have trouble with the online databases but this thing [pointing at SwoopSearch] was just super. Now sometimes I don’t know what I want and then I have to go into the databases and that can be more complicated. I don’t like those searches with all the Ands and Ors. I hate those. I never do them right.”
How is the data used?
Strategic Planning Committee
Q: If you could change something about the Library to improve it, what would it be?
A: More print books, not fewer; Upgraded infrastructure, e.g. complete library renovation. I think the library is and should be the heart of campus, and it consequently should be a state-of-the art, updated facility, e.g. full infrastructure upgrade, expansion, remodel, etc. But it should always have at its heart a large selection of print/hard-copy books indicative of any good graduate university library.
Q: Describe how you use the library, both physically and virtually.
A: I use ILL, about 100 books per semester, send in acquisition requests, use the general stacks collections, study on the third floor silent areas, use JSTOR and other English related databases and the library catalog to search for new books.
Faculty Office Visits
Q: What are one or two changes the Library could make to increase your usage of the Library?
A: A recommendation could be to have more of the criminal justice related journals available. I find myself having to borrow them through other libraries. With that said, ILL is outstanding. I generally obtain my requests within a day or two. However, the students are not as patient (probably because they wait until the last minute to complete their papers) and are unable to obtain or do not request the journals, but then complain the articles are not available. Maybe a recommendation could be for the librarians to offer sessions on "how to research". I do not know if students would attend, but the offer could help students have more "tools" for better papers. Lastly, having access to videos that can be uploaded to blackboard that are topic specific. I find myself taking an extraordinary amount of time trying to locate these through the internet. The publishers are not very helpful, but it would be great if the library had the funds to maintain various resources for instructors.
Making sense of all those words
~370 survey responses
11 focus group participants
168 individual faculty interviews
Q: How do you see your information needs changing in the next five years?
I think more textbooks will be in the library for students.
I guess I would just say more. More online option.
Electronic access will remain important. He likes ILLIAD.
more online, ILL-more
Goal: Provide an environment that promotes research, reflection, and collaboration
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Merriam, S. B. (2014). Qualitative Research : A Guide to Design and Implementation. Hoboken : Wiley, 2014.
Hahn, Christopher. (2008). Qualitative Coding Techniques and Terminology - Doing Qualitative Research Using Your Computer, http://qrtips.com/coding.htmQuantitative Question cartoon found at: http://goo.gl/wsKC1X
Bryan, Alvin. (2013). Government Snooping and VPN Privacy cartoon,
Xavier University Library, Qualitative vs. Quantitative cheat-sheet found at: http://www.xavier.edu/library/students/documents/qualitative_quantitative.pdf