“Quantitative, Quantitative, Quantitative!” Is Qualitative Research the Jan Brady of Social Sciences Data Services?International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) (2015)
Librarians providing data services for researchers and learners in the social sciences should be offering data support and management services to qualitative researchers as well as quantitative ones. But, is this the case in practice? Do social sciences data services librarians devote their primary attention to quantitative researchers to the detriment of qualitative researchers? Is qualitative research the Jan Brady of social sciences data services? This presentation presented findings from: (1) a content analysis of IASSIST job repository postings from 2005-2014, gauging their requirements/responsibilities regarding qualitative data services; and (2) a survey of social sciences data services librarians and other data-support professionals, exploring the extent of qualitative data and research support they presently provide at their academic institutions and their thoughts regarding the relevance of qualitative data and research for the future of data support services.
Publication DateJune 4, 2015
Citation InformationSwygart-Hobaugh, M. (2015, June 4). “Quantitative, quantitative, quantitative!” Is qualitative research the Jan Brady of social sciences data services? Presentation at the 2015 International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.