07 Dec

final seminar for my phd

My final seminar is scheduled for 15 December 2014. It will run simultaneously online and on campus. If you’d like to join us, here are all the details:

If you are a participant attending the online session, please note: Your and your child/ren’s names have been changed throughout my thesis to preserve your anonymity. I won’t be using your names in my presentation either. I suggest you consider using a pseudonym to log in to the online session, just to add an extra layer of privacy. I’ve set the session up so that you should be prompted to enter only a name (which you can make up) and no email address.

How the seminar works

The seminar itself will run for about an hour. I’ll speak about the project for about 40 minutes, and then there will be some question time for about 20 minutes. The seminar is the interesting part that you might want to be there for 😉

Attending online

  • If you’re having problems, check the quick start guide. It’s a pretty intuitive piece of software that generally just works, so really no need to spend time reading the guide unless you’re having difficulties.
  • I won’t have any technical support so if you experience any issues, I’m afraid I won’t be able to help. But the session will be recorded as a back up.
Other information
  • Note you won’t be able to turn on your microphone or camera until I join the room and enable this for you, so don’t worry if it doesn’t work straight away. Camera and mic use is optional (and probably not needed really).
  • You’ll be able to ask questions via chat or using your microphone, so don’t worry if you don’t have a microphone.
  • I’ll give you a tour of Connect at the beginning of the session, so don’t worry about trying to figure it out in the interim.
24 Oct

selected grounded theory readings

Yesterday I presented about my PhD research design and there were lots of questions that were essentially about grounded theory. I thought I would post a summary list of key sources about grounded theory. This isn’t a definitive list – it does need an update. Feel free to add other sources in the comments.

Overview of GT

For a general introduction to all types of GT, start with the following book. It provides an excellent, plain English overview of the different types of GT and shows you how different concepts are treated across the types.

Birks, M. and Mills, J. (2010). Grounded theory: a practical guide. London: SAGE Publications.

Weingand, D. E. (1993). Grounded Theory and Qualitative Methodology. IFLA Journal, 19, 17-26.

Pickard, A. (2007). Grounded theory: Method or analysis? Research methods in information (pp. 155-163). London: Facet.

Gibbs, G. (Producer). (2010) Grounded Theory – Core Elements. Part 1. retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SZDTp3_New&feature=related

Gibbs, G. (Producer). (2010) Grounded Theory – Core Elements. Part 2. retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbntk_xeLHA&feature=related

Charmaz, K., & Bryant, A. (2008). Grounded Theory, The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods: Sage Publications.

Charmaz, K., & Henwood, K. (2008). Grounded theory. In C. Willig & W. Stainton-Rogers (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology (Online edition ed., pp. 240-259). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Seminal texts

Glaser, B. (1998). Doing grounded theory: issues & discussions. Mill Valley, California: Sociology Press.

Glaser, B., & Strauss, A. (2006). The discovery of grounded theory : Strategies for qualitative research. New Brunswick: Aldine Transaction.

Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing Grounded Theory: a practical guide through qualitative analysis. London: Sage Publications.

Critique of the method

Clarke, A. E. (2001). Grounded Theory: Critiques, Debates, and Situational Analysis. In W. Outhwaite & S. P. Turner (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Science Methodology (pp. 423-442). London, UK: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Seldén, L. (2005). On Grounded Theory – with some malice. Journal of Documentation, 61, 114-129.

Tan, J. (2010). Grounded theory in practice: issues and discussion for new qualitative researchers. Journal of Documentation, 66, 93-112.

GT in library and information studies (LIS) research


Mansourian, Y. (2006). Adoption of grounded theory in LIS research. New Library World, 107, 386-402.

Application in specific projects (mostly Info Literacy / Information Behaviour / Information Seeking context)

Lipu, S., Williamson, K., & Lloyd, A. (2007). Understanding information literacy in the workplace: using a constructivist grounded theory approach Exploring methods in information literacy research (pp. 67-86). Wagga Wagga, New South Wales: Centre for Information Studies.

Lloyd, A. (2006). Information literacy landscapes: an emerging picture. Journal of Documentation, 62, 570-583.

Lloyd, A., & Somerville, M. (2006). Working information. Journal of Workplace Learning, 18, 186-198.

Mansourian, Y. (2008). Contextualization of web searching: a grounded theory approach. The Electronic Library, 26, 202-214.

McKnight, M. (2007). A grounded theory model of on-duty critical care nurses’ information behavior. Journal of Documentation, 63, 57-73.

Durrance, J. C., Souden, M., Walker, D., & Fisher, K. E. (2006). Community problem-solving framed as a distributed information use environment: bridging research and practice. Information Research, 11, 11-14.

Tilley, C. M., Hallam, G., Hills, A. P., & Bruce, C. S. (2005). A model for the development of virtual communities for people with long-term, severe physical disabilities. Information Research, 11, 3.

GT processes

Charmaz, K. (2003). Qualitative interviewing and grounded theory analysis. In J. A. Holstein & J. F. Gubrium (Eds.), Inside interviewing: New lenses, new concerns (pp. 311-330). London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Morse, J. M. (2007). Sampling in grounded theory. In K. Charmaz & A. Bryant (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Grounded Theory (Online edi ed.). London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Constructivist GT

Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing Grounded Theory: a practical guide through qualitative analysis. London: Sage Publications.

Mills, J., Bonner, A., & Francis, K. (2006). The development of constructivist grounded theory. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 5(1), 1-9.

Charmaz, K. (2005). Grounded theory in the 21st century: applications for advancing social justice studies. In N. Denzin & Y. Lincoln (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of qualitative research (pp. 207-236). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Charmaz, K. (2009). Shifting the grounds: constructivist grounded theory methods. In J. M. Morse, P. {Noeranger Stern}, J. Corbin, B. Bowers, K. Charmaz & A. E. Clarke (Eds.), Developing grounded theory : the second generation (pp. 127-193). Walnut Creek  Calif.: Left Coast Press.

23 Oct

a social media research case study

Today I’m speaking at a higher degree research student seminar on social media research. I’ll be talking about my PhD study as a case study of social media research. Here are my slides.

I mentioned that I set up a page on this site about my study to link to from social media content, as well as a page that acts as an online ‘recruitment flyer’, and a list of social media messages designed to make it easy for people to share info about the project.

I also showed my participant profile template (embedded below) and here’s a Word version in case it’s useful.

Participant template

27 Aug

survey open: exploring the relationship between personal, professional and institutional use of twitter

Are you an information professional who uses Twitter? We want to hear from you! Participate in a study exploring personal, professional and organisational use of Twitter. You’ll complete an online questionnaire and have the option of participating in an observation activity. Find out more at bit.ly/vala14survey