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BOK 6 Research, Analysis and Interpretation of Information

Please note ‘Doing research is gathering and analysing data’

What is included in BoK 6?

  • Understanding the nature, methodology and practice of research.
  • Evaluating the quality and relevance of research.
  • Undertaking research by gathering and analysing data and applying the findings to your usual professional practice.


When reflecting on your activities, ask yourself - 'What did you learn or practise in this area?'  'How did this impact on your work?'  'What did you do as a result of the activity?'


Some examples of activities include:

  1. Locating and reviewing articles on a service that you are considering providing; and making recommendations.
  2. Identifying the statistical information required to assist with the deselection process.
  3. Designing a survey for a Y9-10 reading classes in order to discover their favourite books and authors; and presenting results to teaching staff.
  4. Becoming familiar with Māori research methodologies to see how they can be used to get feedback from your Māori community – mātauranga Māori.
  5. Investigating SurveyMonkey and other online survey sites to see how they can be used to survey library users.
  6. Interviewing students who were using online databases to see if they fully understood this part of their research process.
  7. Designing survey questions for mobile library users to prioritise which new services they need most.
  8. Attending a workshop on running focus groups.
  9. Writing a proposal for a postgraduate research project.
  10. Analysing census data for a community or collection profile.



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