Event title:

Library Focus Group

Event details

Monday, October 15, 2018
15:00 - 17:00
BJL Skills Room 1 - Ground floor
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Event description



Name and Contact Details of the Researcher: LEE FALLIN Lee.Fallin@hull.ac.uk


1. Invitation

You have been invited to take part in a research project as part of a Doctor of Education (EdD) thesis. Before you decide if you wish to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done, what your participation will involve, what data will be collected and how it will be shared/stored/analysed.

Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please make sure to ask questions if anything is unclear or you require more information.

Feel free to take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

2. What is the project’s purpose?

This thesis aims to understand how, as an academic library, the Brynmor Jones Library is experienced by different groups of people. This includes students, volunteers and staff, all of whom have different experiences. This research focuses on library spaces, both physical and digital

3. Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen as you are fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • University of Hull student
  • University Library or City of Culture Volunteer
  • University Library member of staff
  • You have an association with the Brynmor Jones Library
  • An architect or designer who worked on the Brynmor Jones Library redevelopment

4. Do I have to take part?

Participation is voluntary and it is up to you to decide if you wish to take part or not. If you decide to take part, you will be given this information sheet to keep. You will also need to fill in a consent form to acknowledge you have agreed to take part

You can withdraw at any time without giving a reason and without prejudice. This means it will not impact your job, studies, well-being or any benefits which you are entitled to. If you decide to withdraw, you will be asked what you wish to happen to the data you have provided up to that point. It is possible to withdraw your individual contributions until the conclusion of data analysis (four weeks after interview/focus group) by which point it will not be possible to remove data. The exception to this are the group contributions made as part of focus groups. As these are not identifiable to an individual, it is not possible to remove these contributions from the study once they are made.

5. What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be invited to take part in a single focus group within which you will be asked to articulate and visualise your perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards libraries, and in particular, the Brynmor Jones Library. This will involve some group conversation, but to ensure everyone has opportunity to contribute, there will also be activities that involve LEGO, writing and/or drawing on both an individual and group basis.

The focus group will take approximately 2 hours of your time. This can be your sole contribution to the study, but you have the option to opt-in to take part in further aspects of this research. This includes:

  • Taking part in an interview
  • Taking your own photography within the library and sharing the photos with description/narrative.

If you indicate you are interested in further aspects of research, you consent to the researcher contacting your to arrange your further involvement.

Your consent to take part will be recorded on a separate form which you will be required to sign before taking part.

6. Will I be recorded and how will the recorded media be used?

Focus groups will be captured with the use of photography, videography and sound recording. All recordings will only visually show focus group outputs (writing/drawing on flipcharts and LEGO models), no participants will be visually shown in any photo or camera recording taken by the researcher. At all times, the researcher will make clear what is being recorded.

Interviews will be captured with the use of audio recording. Participants will have opportunity to see transcripts of their interview and will be allowed to clarify anything on the transcript should they wish.

All audio and video recordings containing voice will only be available to the researcher for the purposes of transcription and analysis. One transcribed and analysed, audio will be destroyed for both audio and video recordings. The remaining audio-free video, photographs, transcripts and other anonymised research outputs will be published open access and an additional release form is included to facilitate this. No audio will be accessible to anyone but the researcher and no audio will be published.

7. What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no foreseeable discomforts, disadvantages or risks to taking part in this research.

8. What are the possible benefits of taking part?

There are no immediate benefits for people taking part in this research project. Participants will have access to beverages during their focus group/interview but this is intended for comfort and not reward.

Whilst there are no immediate benefits for those people participating in the project, it is hoped that this work will contribute to service development at the Brynmor Jones Library and the future understanding of academic library space(s).

9. What if something goes wrong?

In the first instance, any issues or complaints should be raised directly with the researcher.

If you wish to make a complaint or speak to someone external in relation to this research, concerns can be addressed to the Faculty of Art, Culture and Education Ethics Committee face-ethics@hull.ac.uk 

10. Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

All information collected about you during the course of this research is strictly confidential. All research data will be attributed to pseudonyms and no one other than the researcher will have access to the identities behind these individuals. You will not be able to be identified in any ensuing reports or publications.

11. Limits to confidentiality

Please note that confidentiality will be maintained as far as it is possible, unless during our interaction I hear anything which makes me worried that someone might be in danger of harm, I might have to inform relevant agencies of this.

12. What will happen to the results of the research project?

Results of this research project will be presented and published as part of the EdD thesis. Further publications (including, but not limited to journal articles and books) may also result for this research project. All participants will have access to my thesis which will be published within the University of Hull institutional repository except in the event of my non-completion.

As suggested above, all non-identifiable pseudonymous research outputs will be published open access and an additional release is required to consent to this process.

13. Data Protection Privacy Notice

The data controller for this project will be the University of Hull. The University of Hull Data Protection Office provides oversight of University of Hull activities involving the processing of personal data, and can be contacted at Data.Protection@hull.ac.uk.

Your personal data will be processed for the purposes outlined in this notice. The legal basis that would be used to process your personal data will be consent form and release you are required to sign before partaking in research. You can provide your consent for the use of your personal data in this project by completing the consent form that has been provided to you.

Your personal data will be processed so long as it is required for the research project. If I am able to anonymise or pseudonymise the personal data you provide I will undertake this, and will endeavour to minimise the processing of personal data wherever possible.

If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact the University of Hull in the first instance at Data.Protection@hull.ac.uk. If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the ICO website at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/individuals-rights/

14. Who is organising and funding the research?

This research is not organised or funded by any research body and is for the fulfilment of my EdD.

15. Contact for further information

Researcher:                                                                Supervisor

Lee Fallin                                                                     Josef Ploner


Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering taking part in this research study.


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