Picture the Music: Performing Arts Library Planning with Photo Elicitation
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Photo elicitation, a form of ethnographic journaling, provided insights into university music and dance student needs in library and campus spaces and services. In this case study, subjects took a photo for each of twenty prompts related to their daily lives as students and performing artists, then discussed their own photos in a one-hour individual interview. Researchers qualitatively analyzed the gathered data. This article reports findings related to: discovering and obtaining music and dance works, study spaces and sound levels, forces of habit and the implications for student library use, and library-related findings regarding practice rooms and classrooms.
This is an electronic version of an article published in Music Reference Services Quarterly 19, no. 1. Newcomer, Nara L. with David Lindahl and Stephanie Harriman. “Picture the Music: Performing Arts Library Planning with Photo Elicitation.” Music Reference Services Quarterly 19, no. 1 (March 2016): 18-62. Music Reference Services Quarterly is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10588167.2015.1130575.