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"App"lying Mobile Technology to Visual Research Methods: Mobile Apps for Participant-Generated Photography

The incorporation of participant-generated photography in research can be a powerful means of studying participants’ perspectives and experiences. Approaches such as photovoice and photo-elicitation that incorporate participant-generated photography are increasingly being used in library and information science to study topics such as information needs, information seeking, and use of library space.

During this webinar, presenters Sarah Barriage and Alison Hicks will share their experiences using mobile apps to facilitate participant-generated photography in studies focused on the information practices of children and young adults. The webinar will include an overview of two apps, PixStori and EthOS, and the affordances and challenges associated with each, including user instruction, costs, data management, and ethical considerations.

The objective of this webinar is to understand participant-generated photography and its application to studies focused on the information practices of children and young adults. To review the usability of two apps (PixStori and EthOS) and details related to their use in research of participant-generated photography.


Sarah Barriage is a Research Associate in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. She recently received her PhD in Communication, Information and Library Studies from the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her dissertation investigated young children’s information practices related to their individual interests using PixStori, a mobile photography app that combines still images with oral narratives.




Alison Hicks is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Information Studies at University College, London (UCL). She recently completed her PhD in Library and Information Science at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, Sweden. Her PhD research employed photo-elicitation research methods in conjunction with EthOS, an ethnographic app that facilitates the capturing of photographic, video and textual data, to explore the information literacy practices of students who were learning a language overseas.


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