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6 students, 6 iPads, 60 photographs: A qualitative study of undergraduate information practices in the mobile landscape

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dc.creator Deitering, Anne-Marie
dc.creator Mellinger, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-13T21:51:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-13T21:51:07Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/28740
dc.description Online Northwest, Corvallis, Oregon.February 10,2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract We know students use mobile technologies. We expect they will want to use them more. The mobile landscape is changing fast. But what does this actually mean? How does having constant access affect the ways students use information? This is one of the questions librarians at Oregon State University are examining. In the summer of 2011, 2 OSU librarians recruited 6 undergraduate students engaged in research on many levels: in the library, in the lab and in the field. Each student was given an iPad tablet computer at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. In this exploratory study, we use a variety of qualitative methods to paint a picture that describes how the introduction of a tablet computer affects the academic (and non-academic) information practices of undergraduate students. This presentation will focus on the mobile part of this picture. Using a method called photo-elicitation, we are exploring how our students describe the places and spaces where they use their tablets and how they use information in those places. Each student enrolled in the study was asked to take a series of photographs that illustrate where they use their devices. The photographs are analyzed, and are also used as touchstones for further conversation in in-depth interviews. In this session we will share preliminary results from this study, and explore what they suggest for how libraries can become a part of our students’ increasingly mobile information landscape. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject mobile en_US
dc.subject iPads en_US
dc.subject information practices en_US
dc.subject undergraduates en_US
dc.subject qualitative research en_US
dc.title 6 students, 6 iPads, 60 photographs: A qualitative study of undergraduate information practices in the mobile landscape en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US

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