Title: Personal Viewpoint Ethnography Utilizing GoPro™ Cameras to Capture Student Information Seeking in School Libraries
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education, Special Education, Learning Difficulties & Disability
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Nancy Everhart, Florida State University, United States
This exploratory study investigated, through the first-person perspectives of an autistic student and a neurotypical peer, supports and services academic libraries currently provide that assist in the fulfillment of information needs. Utilizing wayfinding, think-aloud protocol (TAP), retrospective think-aloud protocol (RTAP), and a GoPro™ camera, the actions, thoughts and feelings of an autistic college freshman and a neurotypical peer are recorded as they navigated their campus library in search of materials. The library website, virtual maps to resource locations, and library workers served equally as enablers and barriers to both students in their information seeking. This proof of concept study demonstrates that participant viewpoint ethnography is a viable research methodology that could be applied in school libraries and specific adaptations and examples are provided.
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