School of Information Sciences

Increasing Effective Student
Use of the Scientific Journal Literature

A project of the NSF National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Education Digital Library

Program Solicitation 01-55, Services Track, Award NSF DUE-0121575

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Focus Groups

Selected Quotes From Focus Group Sessions

Focus Group #1: Pilot Focus Group
Date: February 19, 2002
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Place: University of Tennessee, University Center, Room 220
This meeting was a pilot group to test the logistics, agenda, questionnaire, timing, planning and scheduling so that any modifications could be made in a timely manner before the first formal focus group was held.

In attendance were:

3 Hodges Library Faculty
(One from each of the field concentrations: Physics,
Chemistry, Engineering)
1 Principal Investigator
3 Members of the project team
3 School of Information Sciences observers
1 OSTI observer

11 Total

After discussions were held, comments and suggestions were collected from the observers for improvements and modifications to the focus group.

Focus Group #2: Faculty Focus Group
Date: March 12, 2002
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: University of Tennessee, University Center, Room 217

In attendance were:

4 Chemistry faculty
2 Physics faculty
2 Engineering faculty
3 Hodges Library Faculty
1 Principal Investigator
1 Consultant
3 Members of the project team
2 OSTI observers

16 Total

Focus Group #3: Graduate Teaching Associate Focus Group
Date: April 2, 2002
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: University of Tennessee, Temple Court, Room 101

In attendance were:

2 Physics
2 Chemistry
1 Principal Investigator
3 NSF Research Team

8 Total

Focus Group #4: Undergraduate Students
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Place: University of Tennessee, University Center, Room 217

In attendance were:

3 Chemistry
2 Engineering
2 Physics
1 Principal Investigator
3 NSF Research Team
1 OSTI Observer

12 Total

Focus Group #5: Graduate Teaching Associates
and Undergraduate Students

Date: May 21, 2002
Time: 10:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Place: University of Tennessee, University Center, Room 315D

In attendance were:

2 Chemistry
1 Engineering
3 Physics
1 Principal Investigator
1 Consultant
2 NSF Research Team
1 OSTI Observer

11 Total

Focus Group #6: Faculty
Date: May 21, 2002
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Place: University of Tennessee, University Center, Room 315D

In attendance were:

3 Chemistry
2 Physics
3 Hodges Library
1 Principal Investigator
1 Consultant
2 NSF Research Team
1 OSTI Observer

13 Total

Focus Group #7: Faculty
Date: October 23, 2002

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Dr. Carol Tenopir     School of Information Sciences     College of Communication and Information     University of Tennessee
1345 Circle Park Drive, Room 451      University of Tennessee     Knoxville, TN 37996-0341     (865) 974-7911     ctenopir@utk.edu