Something for everyone? A content analysis of provincial library association conference sessions
PublisherThe Partnership: Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada
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Objective: To determine the breakdown of provincial library association conference sessions by the following categories: library sector, library group, and topic. Methods: A content analysis of five years worth of conference sessions from three western Canadian provinces, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, using an evidence based library and information practice framework. Results: 287 out of the 551 total sessions over the five years analyzed targeted all library sectors. 194 sessions targeted public libraries, 70 focused on school libraries, 66 were for academic libraries, and 7 specifically targeted special libraries. 201 out of the 551 total sessions could be of interest to all groups; 334 were of particular interest to librarians; 122 were targeted towards library technicians, 54 sessions targeted library workers; and 89 sessions were specifically for trustees. Management was the most popular session topic, followed by Culture, Information Access and Retrieval, Collections, Professional Issues, Programming, Reference, and Education. Conclusions: Although public library sessions did indeed dominate, when individual sectors were examined, sessions appropriate for every library sector outnumbered everything else. The majority of sessions were of particular interest to librarians, and Management was the most popular session topic.
CitationPartnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol. 5, no. 1 (2010)
library conferences, conference programs, content analysis, library sectors