January 28, 2022

Library Spaces: “Getting the Picture: Interviews and Photo Elicitation at Edmonton Public Library”

The following article appears in the latest issue (Vol. 22, No. 2) of LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Journal.


Getting the Picture: Interviews and Photo Clicitation at Edmonton Public Library


Valerie Haberl
Policy Analyst Government of Alberta, Canada

Beth Wortman
21 Century Library Spaces Librarian
Edmonton Public Library, Canada


LIBRES (Vol. 22, No. 2)


As part of its Library Spaces Business Plan initiative, Edmonton Public Library (EPL) conducted interviews paired with photo elicitation to explore customers’ perceptions of their library spaces and to better understand how customers use those spaces. Sixteen interviews were conducted with participants at 5 branches of the EPL with participants taking photographs used during the interview. Findings revealed the comprehensive views participants’ hold about the library; the library’s spaces are not distinct from the collections and services offered within them.

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