My research methodology will be in the form of mixed methods approach as consenting participants will be asked to complete a survey and/or participate in a semi-structured interview. Dr. Dean Sharpe’s point about research participants doing us a favor as their contributions are on a voluntary basis reminds me how important it is for researchers to be very conscientious about communicating (more than once) to participants that if at any point they feel uncomfortable — they have the right to withdraw from the study. I would have to clear my methodology with both the University and the selected public library.
It’s important for the researcher to also communicate with participants that results of the study/research project can be made available to them if they are interested. After the interview I would also spend some time to debrief with my research participants so that they have a better understanding how this research project will contribute to a call to action to create and maintain a partnership with the LGBTQ community and public libraries so that libraries can continue to improve services.
Sharpe, D. (2013, October). Research ethics in the social sciences and humanities. INF 1240 Research Methods. Lecture conducted from University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.