Qualitative approaches in library research: The art of listening to the untold stories

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Every library user has a story to tell about their experience of visiting a library. Even people who don’t visit libraries have their stories about libraries and why they don’t use them. These stories are …

“It’s something I always wanted to do”: Serious leisure, self-actualisation and social engagement

I recently published a paper in the Journal of Documentation (Mansourian, 2021) to report the findings from a research project that I have done from 2018 to 2020 in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. In this project, I explored various information activities of serious leisure participants to discover and depict their …

I watch the birdwatcher: An introduction to serious leisure

Yazdan Mansourian, PhD, AALIA My research program is about serious leisure. If you have not heard this term before, you might find it puzzling. This even may look like an oxymoron. How come something is serious and leisurely at the same time? However, it is not as absurd as it looks. Serious leisure includes all …

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