Workshop on Gathering Qualitative Data

We had a great time this morning facilitating a workshop for our CUNY library faculty colleagues on using ethnographic methods to learn more about our libraries and communities. Beyond talking the talk, we also asked our colleagues to walk the walk and gather a small amount of data about their own scholarly habits and about the reading rooms surrounding the workshop space.

Many thanks to the CUNY Office of Library Services’ Assessment Committee for inviting us to present! We’re happy to share our workshop slides and activity handouts, CC-BY licensed for easy reuse:


Cognitive mapping activity

Space use activity (observation, interview, photo survey)

Materials from METRO Workshop #2

We had a great time returning to METRO today with our colleague Frans Albarillo to offer a follow up workshop on analyzing data from interviews and focus groups. As before, here are our slides and handouts from the workshop.

Many thanks to all who came out to one (or both!) of these workshops, we had a terrific time.


Sample Interview Transcript
Sample Focus Group Transcript

METRO Workshop Materials

Along with our colleague Frans Albarillo of Brooklyn College, we’re pleased to be offering a workshop on conducting interviews and focus groups at the fabulous METRO — the Metropolitan New York Library Council — on Tuesday March 3rd.

If you’re attending the workshop (and even if you’re not), here are links to our slides and handouts for your reference:


Exercise 1
Practice Exercises