BOK 6 Research, Analysis and Interpretation of Information
Please note ‘Doing research is gathering and analysing data’
What is included in BoK 6?
- Understanding the nature, methodology and practice of research.
- Evaluating the quality and relevance of research.
- Undertaking research by gathering and analysing data and applying the findings to your usual professional practice.
When reflecting on your activities, ask yourself - 'What did you learn or practise in this area?' 'How did this impact on your work?' 'What did you do as a result of the activity?'
Some examples of activities include:
- Locating and reviewing articles on a service that you are considering providing; and making recommendations.
- Identifying the statistical information required to assist with the deselection process.
- Designing a survey for a Y9-10 reading classes in order to discover their favourite books and authors; and presenting results to teaching staff.
- Becoming familiar with Māori research methodologies to see how they can be used to get feedback from your Māori community – mātauranga Māori.
- Investigating SurveyMonkey and other online survey sites to see how they can be used to survey library users.
- Interviewing students who were using online databases to see if they fully understood this part of their research process.
- Designing survey questions for mobile library users to prioritise which new services they need most.
- Attending a workshop on running focus groups.
- Writing a proposal for a postgraduate research project.
- Analysing census data for a community or collection profile.