Who: Public Librarians Working Primarily with Children and/or Teens (within the past 5 years)
What: Conversational Interviews (approx. 30-40 minutes) about your career and work to be conducted by MLIS students enrolled in the online course, LIS9367, in the Master of Library and Information Science Program, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario
This is a required class assignment worth 15% of the total course grade. Each student is required to interview one working librarian who has current or past experience (within the last 5 years) working with children and/or teenagers and young adults in public libraries. The interview will be conducted using a predetermined set of questions as a guideline. All students are required to use it in their interviews. Interview questions will be limited to areas related to professional and educational experiences. Interviews may be conducted via online conversation software (e.g., skype, google hangouts), in person, over the telephone, over email, or via text messaging, provided such arrangements are mutually convenient. Phone and face-to-face interviews will be recorded and transcripts made from the recordings. Text-based conversations will be captured digitally, and anonymized by me after the student submits her/his work. Students will be instructed to destroy all records at the close of the course. The interviews will be recorded and transcribed and used for class purposes. The identity of all will be anonymized before any documentation or analysis is shared with class members. Data collected for this assignment is for class use only: it will not be published or shared through research reports or presentations.
The purpose of the assignment is multifold:
- To bring real-world experience into the online classroom
- To support stronger partnerships with youth services librarians across Canada and in the United States
- To give students a structured opportunity to make connections with potentially useful future networks
- To give students a taste of designing small research, collaborative research projects that have the potential to inform LIS practice and pedagogy in the area of youth services
- To pilot a small class project for possible future studies of the career trajectories of youth services librarians.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, agree to be interviewed and to have your interview recorded for this assignment, please get in touch with the course instructor: Dr. Paulette Rothbauer by email: firstname.lastname@example.org by February 2, 2015. I will then introduce you to your student interviewer by email, so that mutual arrangements can be made for the interview. The assignment is due at the end of term, April 10, so your interview could take place at a mutually convenient time between February and April. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you!