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Qualitative Research and the Modern Library by Valeda Dent Goodman

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Ethnographic research practices in library settings

Abstract:

This chapter presents information on the use of ethnographic and related approaches within library settings. Historical application of library community analysis is explored. Several recent examples are presented.

Key words

University of Rochester

Rutgers University

anthropology

ethnographic approaches

ethnography

community analysis

Key concepts of ethnographic research

Ethnographic research is a cross-disciplinary, qualitative research approach grown out of the disciplines of anthropology and sociology, and used in a variety of other areas such as psychology (social, educational, behavioral, and organizational), business, the health sciences, and, more recently, within library, ...

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