Autoethnography for Librarians and Information Scientists
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Autoethnography for Librarians and Information Scientists illustrates that autoethnography is a rich qualitative research method that can enhance understanding of one’s own work experiences, whilst also facilitating the design of tailored experiences for a variety of audiences.
Starting with the position that librarians and information scientists require deep insight into people’s experiences, needs and information behaviour in order to design appropriate services and information interventions, this book shows that using only conventional methods, such as questionnaires and focus groups, is insufficient. Arguing that autoethnography can provide unique insights into users’ cultural experiences and needs, contributors to this volume introduce the reader to different types of autoethnography. Highlighting common challenges and clarifying how autoethnography can be combined with other research methods, this book will empower librarians and information scientists to conceptualise topics for autoethnographic research, whilst also ensuring that they adhere to strict ethical guidelines. Chapters within the volume also demonstrate how to produce autoethnographic writing and stress the need to analyse autoethnographies produced by others.
Autoethnography for Librarians and Information Scientists is essential reading for any librarian, information scientist or student looking to deepen their understanding of their own experiences. It will be particularly useful to those engaged in the study of service provision, user studies and information behaviour.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction to autoethnography as research method for librarians
- What is autoethnography?
- Using autoethnography as a tool for critical reflection on library practice: making the case
- Evocative autoethnography – evoking is as evoking does
- Analytic autoethnography
- Collaborative autoethnography as method and praxis: understanding self and others in practice Kathy-Ann Hernandez
- "How does this move us forward?": A question of rigour in autoethnography Tim Gorichanaz
- Ethical challenges and protection of privacy
- Supplementary and alternative methods: Dervin’s sense-making methodology Christine Urquhart & Louisa Lam
- Moments of illumination: a personal experience narrative of cultural competence
- Autoethnography, law enforcement and an opportunity for libraries
- Caregiving and autoethnography - a librarian perspective reinforced by experience as an academic and researcher
- Taking on social challenges, personal growth and keeping momentum as autoethnographic reader and writer
- Reflection and concluding remarks
Part II: Different types of autoethnography
Lisa P. Spinazola, Carolyn Ellis & Arthur Bochner
Part III: Challenges of autoethnography
Anika Meyer & Ina Fourie
Part IV: Authoethnography in contexts
Naailah Parbhoo-Ebrahim & Ina Fourie
Part V: The way forward
All contributing authors
Ina Fourie is a full professor and Head of Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria. Professor Fourie is currently Vice Chair of the ISIC (Information Seeking in Context) Steering Committee and part of the ASIS&T (Association of Information Science and Technology) Executive Board as Treasurer. She has published more than 130 articles, books and conference papers and has presented in more than 16 countries.