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Teenagers, Public Libraries & Secondary Schools An exploration  Rita Chapman
Bundoran Library, Co. Donegal
Acknowledgements <ul><li>Work colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Eileen Burgess, County Librarian of  </li></ul><ul><li>Co. Done...
Personal Research Goals <ul><li>Improve service to teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>Inform library service  </li></ul><ul><li>P...
My   Research <ul><li>Teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary schools </li></ul><ul><li>S...
Limitations <ul><li>Time constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of engagement with teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher’s li...
Research objectives <ul><li>Teenagers: How best to serve them </li></ul><ul><li>Views of Library staff </li></ul><ul><li>V...
Research Instruments <ul><li>May 2010:  Questionnaires to secondary school teachers ( 4 schools in south Donegal, 10 each)...
The story so far… <ul><li>Literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Compiling questionnaires </li></ul><ul><li>Reminding partici...
The story continued… <ul><li>Writing methods chapter </li></ul><ul><li>Finding themes in data </li></ul><ul><li>Transcribi...
Findings <ul><li>Not yet completed and I am currently compiling and writing findings </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary finding...
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Teenagers, Public Libraries & Secondary Schools Rita Chapman

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Presentation given by Rita Chapman, a Masters student on the University of Ulster Library and Information Management course at the LISC NI 2010 AGM

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Teenagers, Public Libraries & Secondary Schools Rita Chapman

  1. 1. Teenagers, Public Libraries & Secondary Schools An exploration Rita Chapman
  2. 2. Bundoran Library, Co. Donegal
  3. 3. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Work colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Eileen Burgess, County Librarian of </li></ul><ul><li>Co. Donegal </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturers and tutors </li></ul><ul><li>LISC NI </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Jessica Bates, Course Director </li></ul>
  4. 4. Personal Research Goals <ul><li>Improve service to teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>Inform library service </li></ul><ul><li>Personal development </li></ul>
  5. 5. My Research <ul><li>Teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary schools </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary school teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Library colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Library Management </li></ul>
  6. 6. Limitations <ul><li>Time constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of engagement with teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher’s limitations </li></ul>
  7. 7. Research objectives <ul><li>Teenagers: How best to serve them </li></ul><ul><li>Views of Library staff </li></ul><ul><li>Views of Library Management </li></ul><ul><li>Explore links/potential links between secondary schools & public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Inform library service </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research Instruments <ul><li>May 2010: Questionnaires to secondary school teachers ( 4 schools in south Donegal, 10 each) </li></ul><ul><li>June 2010: Online questionnaires to library colleagues in Co. Donegal (40) </li></ul><ul><li>July & August 2010: Interviews with senior library management (4) </li></ul>
  9. 9. The story so far… <ul><li>Literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Compiling questionnaires </li></ul><ul><li>Reminding participants about questionnaires </li></ul><ul><li>Coding data as it was returned </li></ul>
  10. 10. The story continued… <ul><li>Writing methods chapter </li></ul><ul><li>Finding themes in data </li></ul><ul><li>Transcribing interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating findings </li></ul>
  11. 11. Findings <ul><li>Not yet completed and I am currently compiling and writing findings </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest a need for collaboration between secondary schools and public libraries regarding library provision to teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>Library staff must keep up-to-date with trends and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>More class visits to public library to showcase library </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary school teachers not all aware of resources that can aid them and their students in their work </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Researcher’s Journey!

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