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by JenniG
Last updated 6 years ago

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What happens to library usage when I use focus groups with teachers and students in library planning?

Rationale: The only way to provide effective library service to my teachers and students is to hear what they need and want from the library. I need to hear from the teahers and students who are frequent users of the library, but also from those non-users. Focus groups will provide a candid and organic way of hearing important feedback about the library to help me shape the physical space, plan programming and events, and provide support and materials for my patrons.

Data Collection:- Audio recording of focus groups-Surveys of staff and students

*Ledingham, John A., and Stephen D. Bruning. Ten Tips for Better Focus Groups. Public Relations Quateriy 43.4 (Winter 1998): 25-29. Academic One File. 13 July 2010. Web.*Oswald, Judi. Change in the Library--for the Good. Library Media Connection Mar./Apr. 2010: 28-29. Print.*Szakowicz, Diane Louise. Exploring Focus Groups with Adolescent Students. Academic Exchange Quarterly 22 Sept. 2005: n.pag. Print.* Teske, Natalie. Library Advisory Councils. Library Media Connection Jan./Feb. 2010: 40-41. Print.

Sources: *Blitz, Beryl. Focus Groups for Libraries and Librarians. New York: Forbes, 1998. Print.*Doll, Carol A. Collaboration and the School Library Media Specialist. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2005. Print.*Hughes-Hassell , Sandra, and Kay Bishop. Using Focus Groups to Improve Library Services for Youth. Teacher Librarian 32.1 (Oct. 2004) :8-12. Print.* Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Chicago: ALA, 2009. Print.

Timeline:First Quarter: Develop survey tool. Survey Faculty. Identify teachers to invite. Develop focus group questions. Conduct faculty focus group. Analyze.Second quarter: Develop student focus questions for manga readers. Identify students to invite. Conduct focus group. Analyze. Development collection plan.

Data Collection:- Audio recording of focus groups-Surveys of staff and students


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  • JenniG 6 years ago

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    I REALLY DO want to take you back to school with me! My librarian is no where near as engaged as you are!! --Laura N.

  • JenniG 6 years ago

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    Julie suggested to ask another librarian from the district to facilitate the focus group meeting so that i could have an impartial facilitator.

  • JenniG 6 years ago

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    What strategies for improving library usage will grow up of focus groups with teachers and students? And then, how will library usage be affected by implementing some of those strategies?

  • JenniG 6 years ago

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    This is great, interested in seeing your results since I can't have you at my school :) I am guessing that the teacher focus groups start at the beginning of the year?

  • JenniG 6 years ago

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    You could have your groups post to an ongoing forum etc. so the conversation is both recorded and ongoing :-) Johanna