Research was not entirely new to me when I joined the Library as Research Lab. I had previous research experience as a Community College Summer Fellow through University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) when I was a student at Washtenaw Community College. The experience that I gained in that program was very different, primarily because the research team I worked with was doing purely quantitative research.
The Library Assessment for Research and Scholarship Lab is currently investigating research support on campus for qualitative researchers and the lab is utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods. I find this topic fascinating, it is interesting to see qualitative methods being used and to gain experience using them.
The needs of qualitative researchers become more apparent the more I work with this research team. I even found that I share many of the needs and experiences with the study participants as a student on this project. There is something very interesting about coding transcripts with Nvivo in which the interviewees are discussing their experiences coding transcripts with Nvivo.
This has been an educational experience and I look forward to learning more in the coming semester as we get our survey out and begin to analyze the data that we have gathered.
Claire Myers graduated from Washtenaw Community College with an Associate’s in Liberal Arts and later from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media and Film Studies. Claire is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information with a focus on library science.