Friday, August 31, 2012

Creswell - Chapter 2 W. E.

Practice using an online computer database to search for the literature on your topic. Conduct several searches until you find an article that is as close as possible to your research topic. Then conduct a second search using descriptors mentioned in this article. Locate 10 articles that you would select and abstract for your literature review.

First search:
Teen Programming - only 10 results and not all that helpful except -

Younker, J. (2006). Where is the love? School Library Journal, 52(12), 31. which discussed the concept of Teen Advisory Boards for a library to better serve teen/YA populations.

Second search:
Teen Advisory Boards - 39 results with most helpful (most recent) - (8 were a review of the first resource I listed) and those also of value include 8 others starting with most recent:

Jones, E. W. (2009). Start to finish YA programs: Hip-hop symposiums, summer reading programs,  virtual tours, poetry slams, teen advisory boards/term paper clinics and more! New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. 

Fesko, S. (2012). A busy TAB is a happy TAB! Voice of Youth Advocates, 34(6), 580.
Couri, S. (2008). Dungeons and gardens. Voice of Youth Advocates, 31(3), 226.
Honnold, R. (2008). Beyond book clubs. Voice of Youth Advocates, 31(1), 19-21.
King, D. (2007). Tame the beasts: Try a little TLC with your teens. Florida Libraries, 50(1), 8-9.
Younker, J. M. (2006). Where is the love? School Library Journal, 52(12), 31-32.
Tang, D. (2005). Combining courage and teens. Young adult library services, 3(2), 30-31.
King, K. (2005). All I need to know about teen advisory boards I learned from... Voice of Youth Advocates, 28(5), 378-379.
Chapman, J. (2003). The care and feeding of a teen advisory board. Voice of Youth Advocates, 25(6), 449-450.

Third search:
Libraries AND Teens (abstract field) - 18 results with the most helpful 
(most recent) as follows:

Parks, A. (2012). Opening the gate. Young Adult Library Services, 10(4), 22-27. (subjects: libraries & LGBT, libraries -- activity programs, LGBT youth -- services for, teenagers -- books and reading)

Granville, S. (2012). Make room for teens! Reflections on developing teen spaces in libraries. Young Adult Library Services, 10(2), 47. (subjects: books -- reviews, libraries & teenagers)

Osborne, V. (2008). Engaging kids where kids are at: the Eltham Library project. Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services, 21(4), 178-181. (subjects: libraries & young adults, electronic games)

Jones, P. (2007). Connecting young adults and libraries in the 21st century. Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services, 20(2), 48-54. (subjects: libraries -- aims & objectives, libraries and young adults)

Loertscher, D. (2002). Teenage users of libraries: a brief overview of the research. Knowledge Quest, 30(5), 31-36. (subjects: libraries & young adults)

Libraries AND Teenagers (abstract field) - 23 results with the most helpful (most recent) as follows:

Joseph, M. (2010). An exquisite paradox: Making teens and young adults welcome in public libraries.  Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services, 23(3), 107-110. (subjects: libraries & young adults, public libraries -- officials & employees, employees - training of)

Snowball, C. (2009). Teenagers talking about reading and libraries. Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services, 39(2), 106-118. (subjects: young adults -- books and reading, reading interests) 

Agosto, D. (2007). The female-friendly public library: gender differences in adolescents' uses and perceptions of US public libraries. Library Trends, 56(2), 387-401. (subjects: library use studies, libraries & young adults)

Shenton, A. K. (2005). Information needs: Learning more about what kids want, need, and expect from research. Children & Libraries, 3(2), 20-28. (subjects: information needs - evaluation)

Bishop, K. & Bauer, P. (2002). Attracting young adults to public libraries: Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA research grant results. Journal of Youth Services in Libraries, 15(2), 36-44. (subjects: libraries & young adults, library surveys)

Libraries AND Young Adults AND Services (abstract field) - 9 results with the most helpful (most recent) not already listed above are as follows:

Walter, V. (2003). Public library service to children and teens: A research agenda. Library Trends, 51(4), 571-589. (subjects: libraries & children, libraries & young adults, libraries -- evaluation)

Jones, P. (2002). New directions for serving young adults means building more than our collections.
Journal of Youth Services, 15(3), 21-23. (subjects: libraries -- aims & objectives, libraries & young adults)

Fitzgibbons, S. (2001). School and public library relationships: de ja vu or new beginnings. Journal of Youth Services, 14(3), 3-7. (subjects: libraries & schools) -- though 2001, may still have value to better understand the relationships and how they should be complementary to provide full services to our community's teens 

Topic: Youth and Libraries

Topic: Youth and Libraries

Title: Where Youth and Libraries Meet: teen programming, space and the virtual library

Keywords: teen programming, space, resources without walls, virtual library, YA author visits, technology, gaming, competitions, youth and reading, book talks, book trailers,

Creswell - Chapter 1 W. E.

Identify a research question in a journal article and discuss what design would be best to study the question and why.

How can a library get teens involved in programming design? A combination of survey method (for initial information) and qualitative research to determine the effectiveness of that new programming.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Is it research...?

Having my first career in accounting, I found many similarities between my experiences and my professor. I hadn't really given a lot of thought to primary research and how that can include accounting research, like what I conducted over the course of my first few months on the job. While I was paying invoices, I began noticing a pattern of services that felt familiar. Based upon a hunch, and a great visual memory, I created our company's very first "database" (in 1985) to gather, sort, and organize all of the invoices associated with improvements we were making to our rental properties. As a real estate developer and property manager of multiple major housing projects, as well as a multitude of commercial properties, it involved tens of thousands of records. Going back over a five year period, I discovered that we had been double and sometimes triple-billed by our major contractor for services that were rendered only once. Long story short: my first official research project, database, and summary report gained the company a refund of more than three times my annual salary, and was the impetus for the implementation of new accounting procedures. If research can help bring about that kind of change - then I can better relate to the idea of research reporting and would look forward to it instead of dreading to the point of elevated anxiety.

Philosophical Worldview: acted due to social constructivist instincts, yet results were more in line with the advocacy/participatory worldview