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.
Policy Analyst Government of Alberta, Canada
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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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.