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Marie R. Kennedy, Loyola Marymount University
David P. Kennedy, RAND Corporation
Kristine Brancolini, Loyola Marymount Uni...
Agenda
1. Problem statement
2. The Institute for Research Design in
Librarianship (IRDL)
3. IRDL assessment plan
4. Social...
1.
Problem
Statement
How does the
personal learning network of
a novice librarian researcher
evolve on their path to becoming
a more advanced r...
2.
Background
on IRDL
“Kennedy, Marie R. & Kristine R. Brancolini
(2012).
“Academic librarian research: A survey of
attitudes, involvement, and ...
IMLS Laura Bush
21st Century Librarian
Program, 2013-2016
(RE-06-13-0060-13)
To create a learning
experience and
support n...
IRDL
Summer
Workshop
Goal of IRDL
Increase the number of academic librarians
with specific research skills in conducting and
disseminating the ...
3.
Assessment
Plan
Assessment Plan
Research
proposals
Confidence
Mastery
of content
Development of
personal learning
networks
4.
Social
Network
Analysis
Component
Methods
Design
Ego-centered
Longitudinal(4 waves
over one year)
Focused on the
research network of
each of the IRDL
Schola...
Survey Construction
elicitation composition structure
EgoWeb 2.0
Open-source survey software
Easily create social network data collection
instruments
• Generate lists of networ...
EgoWeb 2.0: Network elicitation
EgoWeb 2.0: Network composition
EgoWeb 2.0: Network structure
EgoWeb 2.0: Data processing
Adjust display
settings
Size of the networks
Consider the numbers of people with
whom the IRDL Scholars interacted
for research purposes during th...
Total Network Size and Average Size at Each Wave
T1 T2 T3 T4
Network Size
Minimum 5 8 5 2
Maximum 20 40 42 40
Average(SD) ...
Strength of the relationships
Look closer at those mentioned in all
four waves.
Category of Relationship by Type of Support
(Those named across all four waves, n=107)
Personal friend Professional
collea...
Density of the networks
Examine the cohesion of the research
networks of the Scholars.
Discussion
Research question
Difference scores
Rate of change
Reciprocal assistance
Questions, comments, suggestions?
Marie Kennedy (marie.kennedy@lmu.edu)
David P. Kennedy (davidk@rand.org)
Kristine Branco...
Thanks
Special thanks to the people who made and
released these presentation resources for free:
◈ Presentation template b...
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Presented at the 2016 Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Libraries conference (London, UK).
This presentation reports the findings of an analysis of personal network data gathered from the novice librarian researcher participants of the first year of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL), an institute designed to provide instruction in how to conduct a research project and establish a peer-network of like-minded librarians to support each other throughout the research process. Analysis of the first year of data (four waves) will be discussed in this presentation. The data gathered is about the people and the strength of the relationship in the personal research networks of each of the IRDL participants. During the presentation we will report on the observations of the networks over a year’s time and show you visually how they evolved. The results have implications for how librarians develop themselves, and may influence the future of libraries generally.
A highlight of this presentation is to focus on our methodological decision to gather the four waves of data in survey format. We will describe the mechanism used to gather that data, the freely available, open source, web-based software used to gather personal network data, EgoWeb 2.0. We will describe the process of customizing the survey software to ask questions about the people in the librarians’ research networks. We will demonstrate the computations that the software provides, as well as the attractive visualizations of the personal networks.

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The evolution of the personal networks of novice librarian researchers

  1. 1. Marie R. Kennedy, Loyola Marymount University David P. Kennedy, RAND Corporation Kristine Brancolini, Loyola Marymount University
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Problem statement 2. The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 3. IRDL assessment plan 4. Social network analysis component Focus on EgoWeb 2.0
  3. 3. 1. Problem Statement
  4. 4. How does the personal learning network of a novice librarian researcher evolve on their path to becoming a more advanced researcher?
  5. 5. 2. Background on IRDL
  6. 6. “Kennedy, Marie R. & Kristine R. Brancolini (2012). “Academic librarian research: A survey of attitudes, involvement, and perceived capabilities.” College & Research Libraries 73(5): 431-448.
  7. 7. IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, 2013-2016 (RE-06-13-0060-13) To create a learning experience and support network for academic and research librarians. Funding Source & Partners
  8. 8. IRDL Summer Workshop
  9. 9. Goal of IRDL Increase the number of academic librarians with specific research skills in conducting and disseminating the results of research.
  10. 10. 3. Assessment Plan
  11. 11. Assessment Plan Research proposals Confidence Mastery of content Development of personal learning networks
  12. 12. 4. Social Network Analysis Component
  13. 13. Methods Design Ego-centered Longitudinal(4 waves over one year) Focused on the research network of each of the IRDL Scholars. Population Entire cohort of the 2014 IRDL 25 academiclibrarians employed in single, full- time positionsin institutionsof higher education (community college, college, and university libraries) All novice researchers Instrument Survey constructed and processed using EgoWeb 2.0 Self-administeredvia the Web
  14. 14. Survey Construction elicitation composition structure
  15. 15. EgoWeb 2.0 Open-source survey software Easily create social network data collection instruments • Generate lists of network members “Who is in the network?” • Ask questions about network members “What are the characteristics of these people?” • Ask about connections among network members “How are they connected to each other?”
  16. 16. EgoWeb 2.0: Network elicitation
  17. 17. EgoWeb 2.0: Network composition
  18. 18. EgoWeb 2.0: Network structure
  19. 19. EgoWeb 2.0: Data processing Adjust display settings
  20. 20. Size of the networks Consider the numbers of people with whom the IRDL Scholars interacted for research purposes during the course of one year.
  21. 21. Total Network Size and Average Size at Each Wave T1 T2 T3 T4 Network Size Minimum 5 8 5 2 Maximum 20 40 42 40 Average(SD) 10.78 (3.83) 24.74 (9.91) 16.09 (9.26) 16.39 (10.60) Total 248 569 370 377 Change from T1 to T2 Average(SD) + 13.95 (9.00) Total + 321 Change from T2 to T3 Average(SD) - 8.65 (10.69) Total - 199 Change from T3 to T4 Average(SD) + 0.30 (7.85) Total + 7 Change from T1 to T4 Average(SD) + 5.60 (10.08) Total + 129
  22. 22. Strength of the relationships Look closer at those mentioned in all four waves.
  23. 23. Category of Relationship by Type of Support (Those named across all four waves, n=107) Personal friend Professional colleague Both friend and colleague abs. % abs. % abs. % I’m usually asking this person for advice or help 6 42.86% 20 58.82% 14 23.73% I’m usually giving this person advice or help 0 0.00% 4 11.76% 4 6.78% It’s pretty even; I ask for help but also give help in equal amounts 8 57.14% 10 29.41% 41 69.49% Total 14 100% 34 100% 59 100%
  24. 24. Density of the networks Examine the cohesion of the research networks of the Scholars.
  25. 25. Discussion Research question Difference scores Rate of change Reciprocal assistance
  26. 26. Questions, comments, suggestions? Marie Kennedy (marie.kennedy@lmu.edu) David P. Kennedy (davidk@rand.org) Kristine Brancolini (brancoli@lmu.edu) For additional information about IRDL: http://irdlonline.org For additional information about EgoWeb: http://egoweb.info
  27. 27. Thanks Special thanks to the people who made and released these presentation resources for free: ◈ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ◈ Backgrounds by SubtlePatterns

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