Content analysis as a means of exploring research opportunities from a conference programme

Show simple item record Fourie, Ina 2012-10-12T10:40:43Z 2013-09-30T00:20:04Z 2012-09
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Health librarians should keep up-to-date in a dynamic environment and accept the importance of continuing personal development (CPD) and growth in their critical reflection and creative thinking skills. They also need to acknowledge the potential value of research activity and the challenges of ongoing improvement and development. Conference programmes may prove a useful source of stimulation, especially if supplemented by creativity techniques, action research and the ideal of ‘finding flow’. OBJECTIVES: The article analyses the themes and papers presented at the 10th International Conference on International Medical Librarianship (ICML) to identify opportunities for further research, literature reviews, assessment of practices and services, etc. METHODS: Content analysis approach to conference papers and suggestions for further action including supplementing with techniques of creativity and group input. RESULTS: A fairly extensive list of further actions (although not intended to be exhaustive) is suggested for the sixteen conference themes. Although subjective, the list might help to stimulate growth in research on health librarianship and demonstrate how one source of stimulation – conference programmes (regularly presented to medical library communities) – can be used. CONCLUSIONS: Content analysis has proven a constructive means of generating research questions from a conference programme. Content analysis and other methods aimed at stimulating creative and progressive thinking, including brainstorming, force field analysis, De Bono’s 6 hats, creative swiping and creative visualisation, may prove equally useful and require further investigation. To ensure an ongoing cycle, these can be linked to action research. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Fourie, I 2012, 'Content analysis as a means of exploring research opportunities from a conference programme', Health Information and Libraries Journal, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 177-256. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1471-1834 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1471-1842 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2012.00985.x
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.rights © 2012 The authors and Health Libraries Group. The definite version is available at en_US
dc.subject Research en_US
dc.subject Brainstorming en_US
dc.subject Conference proceedings en_US
dc.subject Content analysis en_US
dc.subject Creativity techniques en_US
dc.subject Research opportunities en_US
dc.title Content analysis as a means of exploring research opportunities from a conference programme en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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