1st Edition

Autoethnography for Librarians and Information Scientists

Edited By Ina Fourie Copyright 2021
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

              Part I: Introduction to autoethnography as research method for librarians

    1. What is autoethnography?
    2. Ina Fourie

    3. Using autoethnography as a tool for critical reflection on library practice: making the case
    4. Anne-Marie Deitering

      Part II: Different types of autoethnography

    5. Evocative autoethnography – evoking is as evoking does
    6. Lisa P. Spinazola, Carolyn Ellis & Arthur Bochner

    7. Analytic autoethnography
    8. Ina Fourie

    9. Collaborative autoethnography as method and praxis: understanding self and others in practice  

      Kathy-Ann Hernandez
    10. Part III: Challenges of autoethnography

    11. "How does this move us forward?": A question of rigour in autoethnography

      Tim Gorichanaz
    12. Ethical challenges and protection of privacy
    13. Anika Meyer & Ina Fourie

    14. Supplementary and alternative methods: Dervin’s sense-making methodology                                    Christine Urquhart & Louisa Lam
    15. Part IV: Authoethnography in contexts

    16. Moments of illumination: a personal experience narrative of cultural competence       
    17. Fiona Blackburn

    18. Autoethnography, law enforcement and an opportunity for  libraries
    19. Naailah Parbhoo-Ebrahim & Ina Fourie

    20. Caregiving and autoethnography - a librarian perspective reinforced by experience as an academic and researcher
    21. Olívia Pestana

      Part V: The way forward

    22. Taking on social challenges, personal growth and keeping momentum as autoethnographic reader and writer
    23. Ina Fourie

    24. Reflection and concluding remarks

             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.