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A Word about these Focus Groups

As you've heard, we're conducting focus groups about noise in the library.

What is a focus group?

It is as discussion group targeted at a specific population of people about a topic in which they are interested. Ours last about 45 minutes and we ask about 4 questions, hoping the interaction between the participants will generate useful information.

What's the discussion topic all about?

We're asking the participants a couple questions about their experiences with noise in the library, then we're having them look at our plan to deal with noise in the library, to see what they think of it.

Turn out for the focus groups has been pretty poor, unfortunately. Personally I view it as a sign that students ultimately do not care very much about noise in the library.

What do you think?

If by any chance your classmates or friends do care about this topic, please encourage them to sign up for a focus group!

All the information can be found here, and this is our remaining meeting dates and times:

• Wed. 2/25 9-10 a.m.
• Thur. 3/5 3:30-4:30 p.m.

• Fri. 3/6 1-2 p.m.

• Tues. 3/10 9-10 p.m.

• Thur. 3/12 12-1 p.m.

The incentive, besides having your voice heard, is a chance to win one of two iPod shuffles.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 24th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds helpful!!

Feb. 25th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
I think students do care about noise in the library but are reluctant to spend an hour talking about it. If we cut down on the length of the focus group I think more people would participate.
Kate m.
Feb. 25th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I too think people care but probably don't have the time to spend at this time in the semester.

Feb. 25th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
I think they do care but they don't care enough to go to a focus group, they would like the problem to be solved without their input. OH and i-pod shuffles are not much of an attraction since most of these kids have i-pods already. :/
Feb. 27th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I feel the same way too. I'm sure students care, but they may just be too busy. Maybe if these meetings were 15 minutes long more people would come.

Feb. 27th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I agree with the 15-30 min format.
However from what my friends say, they actually don't mind the noise level and don't see that it is an issue.

Feb. 27th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
I agree that many people do care about the excessive amount of noise in the library, evidence of this is the number of people who complain about it or get up and go to another desk or computer to try and escape it. People just don't seem to have the time to devote to this issue. As library employees are we aloud to sign up for focus groups? I'll spread the word to some of my friends who have complained to me on many occasions. hopefully participant levels increase for these last few meetings!
-Katie Patterson
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