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Information use and the public librarian

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Invitation to participate in a research project: Information use and the public librarian

The Information Systems School at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is seeking the participation of Queensland librarians - staff who have been specifically employed to work within your organisation as librarians (not library assistants or library technicians) - to undertake a brief interview in regards to their experience of information use within their public library setting.

Each interview, anticipated to be of at least 45 minutes duration and consisting of a small number of set questions, will be entirely confidential. The aim of this study is simply to ascertain the similarities and/or differences which exist in the way public librarians understand and experience information within their public library setting.

The outcomes of this study are anticipated to have a significant bearing on the future training of library professionals and the ways in which information literacy programmes are developed and delivered, within a public library setting, to the general public.

This study and the interviews themselves are being conducted by a postdoctoral researcher at QUT under the supervision of two senior faculty members within the Information Systems School, Science and Engineering Faculty. This study has also been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 1400000756).

Please note that while participants and the library service to which they are attached will not be identified within the project and anonymity is assured, all interviews will be face-to-face and recorded. Participants will need to sign a consent form to allow for the use of interview materials.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, or would like to learn more about the project, please contact Andrew Denmasson.

Last updated
21st January 2015