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Title:The empathetic researcher: applying research methods from anthropology to lis
Author(s):Phillips, Abigail Leigh
Subject(s):Qualitative research
video autoethnography
interview method
communication studies
Abstract:I combined semi-structured interviews and structured video auto-ethnography in an exploratory study of rural librarians’ support for cyberbullied teens. This study involved two stages: 1) librarian and teen participants engaged in individual interviews with me. Librarian questions focused on perceptions of librarian roles and support for teens, while teen questions focused on perceptions of cyberbullying and needed adult support; 2) each participant then recorded one video entry via a personal digital device (e.g. iPhone) in which they responded to provided prompts that included hypothetical scenarios that allowed participants to engage in self-reflection and self-examination. Relational theory supported interview and prompt question development. Throughout the study, I maintained a written auto-ethnography that allowed me to reflect upon interview and video prompt design; participant interactions; and capture self-reflections during data collection. This poster will present an instrumental case that reflects the data collection activities and early results to illustrate innovative LIS research.
Issue Date:2016-03-15
Citation Info:NA
Series/Report:IConference 2016 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-08

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