Head of Department of Information Science, Prof. Ina Fourie, presented at the “Meet the Author Series” hosted by ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology) Webinars, on her recently published book Autoethnography for Librarians and Information Scientists, on 12 August 2021.
The webinar programme stated the following:
The essence of autoethnographic research lies in the deeply sensitive free writing, going back and forth, often writing in chunks and always striving to meet the requirements of rigor for qualitative research. Trying to make a change in the world, while knowing how difficult it can be. Autoethnography for librarians and information scientists is an edited manuscript consisting of twelve chapters written by leading authors in autoethnography per se, as well as from the field of library and information science (LIS). It was written to raise librarians’ and information scientists’ awareness of autoethnography as a deeply personal and rich qualitative research method that can support understanding of their own work experiences and the design of information supportive library and information services for a variety of target groups. The webinar will introduce autoethnography as both a research method and form of therapeutic writing. Although often reported in health sciences, education and other fields, there is limited uptake of autoethnography in the LIS literature. Different types of autoethnography will be noted with specific reference to evocative autoethnography, collaborative autoethnography and analytic autoethnography. The value for librarians in moving from practice to theory, the need for rigor, deeply ethical challenges and Dervin’s sense-making methodology as an alternative method will be covered. Discussion then moves to the contextualized potential of autoethnography related to libraries and law enforcement and healthcare librarianship. Keeping momentum in autoethnographic wiring and staying abreast of new developments will also be addressed.
The title is now available for purchase on Routledge’s website: https://www.routledge.com/Autoethnography-for-Librarians-and-Information-Scientists/Fourie/p/book/9780367439798.