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Surveys and Focus Groups:
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The eleventh annual October Conference for New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

$80.00 (included Continental Breakfast and Lunch)

8:00 - 9:00
Registration and coffee

9:00 - 9:15

Bill Garrity
Director of Biomedical Libraries
Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

9:15 - 11:00
Keynote Presentation - "Being Survey Savvy: Design and Implementation Tips for More Effective Surveys"

Sion Kim Harris, PhD
Instructor in Pediatrics
Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research
Children's Hospital Boston
Harvard Medical School

Presentation (PDF)
This basic, practical session will focus on what needs to be considered and decided before designing a survey, how to get started on designing a new survey, how to construct good questions, how to format a self-administered survey for maximal ease and impact, and how to get the target audience to respond to the survey.

11:00 - 11:15

11:15 - 11:30
"Surveys and IRBs: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You"

Enid Karr
Science Librarian
Clark University

Presentation (PDF)
Academic librarians planning to conduct surveys need to be aware of and take into account the policies of their institution's IRBs (Institutional Review Boards) regarding experimentation on human subjects. This talk will cover a brief overview of IRBs, what they are, why they were developed, and the varying degrees of control they exert over research, as well as how to become familiar with the necessary procedures and forms required at your institution.

11:30 - 12:00
Panel - "Online Survey Tools: Inside and Outside the Box"

Joanna Taylor
Instructional Resources Librarian
Nease Library
Eastern Nazarene College

Presentation (PDF)
This presentation will show how a free version of an online survey tool -- SurveyMonkey -- was used by a small (approx. 1000 students) liberal arts campus to create satisfaction surveys, gather data following information literacy sessions, collect information before and after community outreach events, and survey the faculty. This presentation will showcase what a helpful tool Survey Monkey can be on a limited (or non-existent) budget!

Pamela Bagley
Research and Education Librarian
Biomedical Libraries
Dartmouth College

Presentation (PDF)
Dartmouth uses online survey tools (PHP Surveyor and SurveyMonkey) to survey library patrons and as evaluation tools (such as getting feedback about the October Conference). They are also used for less traditional purposes, such as conference registration.

12:00 - 1:00
Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 2:30
"The Focus Group Research Method: Fundamentals to Practice"

Beverly Gresehover
Associate Director for Resources, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland
Alexa Mayo
Associate Director for Services, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland
M.J. Tooey
Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland

Presentation (PDF)
This presentation will define focus groups and discuss how they can be used to support library projects. The talk will cover the preparation and skills necessary to facilitate focus group interviews and highlight the rewards and challenges of using this research method. Practical exercises will be included.

2:30 - 2:50
"Focus Groups with Faculty -- Bringing Their Perspectives to Our Practice"

Jane Quigley
Head, Kresge Physical Sciences Library
Dartmouth College Library

Presentation (PDF)
In the summer of 2006, the Dartmouth Library hosted a professional development program for the liaison librarians. As part of this program, the planning group held two focus groups with faculty from across campus to learn their perspectives on liaison librarians' activities and impact. This presentation briefly describes goals for the focus group sessions, what was learned, and how those insights were shared.

2:50 - 3:30
"Going Native: Using Ethnography to Study Students Studying"

Diane Klare
Head of Reference
Wesleyan University

Kendall Hobbs
Reference/Instruction Librarian
Wesleyan University

Presentation (PDF)

Under the guidance of an anthropologist, Wesleyan librarians and IT staff used several relatively easy and inexpensive ethnographic techniques to gather information about student's use of the library and other campus spaces. The resulting data will be used to design a new group study space in the Science Library.

Last update 16-October-2007 by Biomedical Libraries Web Group
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