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Objective: Provide a basic introduction to thinking about and outlining qualitative studies for librarians and information professionals in faculty and non-faculty positions who are interested in research methods to demonstrate value for a variety of purposes (e.g., external publication, presentations, internal continuous improvement). Description: This workshop will guide participants through the following five segments using active learning techniques, including real-world examples, group discussion, peer sharing, and hands-on activities. Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for a research project to enhance their takeaways. The learning objectives and associated activities for each segment are described below. 1. What are Qualitative Methods? * Participants will be able to define qualitative methods, understand transferability rather than generalizability, and consider appropriate sample size. 2. Developing a Qualitative Research Question * Participants will be able to implement techniques to evaluate and create research questions. Activity: Participants will practice evaluating research questions and crafting questions for their own research study ideas. 3. Qualitative Data Collection * Participants will be able to articulate different types of data collection methods, identify the best one to meet project outcomes. Activity: Participants will be given a scenario and asked to identify appropriate data collection approaches. 4. Qualitative Data Analysis * Participants will be able to define thematic analysis and manually apply the technique. Activity: Participants will be given a small data set to analyze. 5. Sharing Your Results * Participants will be able to explain how to report on their research in a way that is discoverable and reproducible. An additional outcome of this workshop is to work toward building a community of practice among librarians who are engaged in qualitative research.
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