Tag Archives: Research Methods

On the value of exploratory research

I don’t know whether neighborhood book exchanges live up to the claims of providing ‘icebreakers’ or ‘literary watercoolers’ for passersby. But I do know that inventorying a book exchange in the early morning rain tends to prompt conversation—at least the “what are you doing?” variety. After explaining that I was contributing to a study of […]
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What is exchanged through a neighborhood book exchange? – Part I: Method in the madness

How do you determine how frequently a neighborhood book exchange is used? Or what items are exchanged? Our method: we took weekly inventories for six different book exchanges over a twelve week period. In this series, we’ll discuss our results. But, first, we take a look at the pros and cons of our approach.   […]
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Research methods: How we are investigating NooX

Since the spring of 2012, we have been designing and executing a study of neighborhood book exchanges. In this post, we describe the research methods used to investigate our motivating research question: “In the age of ubiquitous, mobile computing why are these decidedly offline, stationary boxes of print material generating so much interest?”     […]
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NooX definition: What is a neighborhood book exchange?

When we began our study, we were faced with the challenge of defining a ‘neighborhood book exchange’. A definition would establish the types of book exchanges we would include in our study. After considerable research and reflection, we developed a definition that captures the key features and factors that distinguish NooX from other book exchanges. […]
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