Welcome to Day of DH 2010. Today Carol Tilley and I will be documenting the start of Phase 2 of our project Folktales Facets and FRBR. Phase 1 was funded by a grant from OCLC/ALISE. Click here for more information about this project.

Our Journey Begins

Our journey on this project officially began a little more than a year ago when we were awarded one of the 2009 OCLC/ALISE Library Research Grants. Although our planning and preliminary work on Folktales, Facets, and FRBR started several months before that, this grant award allowed us to devote more of our time to the project and undertake the first phase of the study. In January 2010, we wrapped up the first phase and submitted our report, which you can find in the “Learn More” section of this page.

Partners in Research

We have been fortunate to have two partners at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where we both work. The Center for Children’s Books (CCB) provides a key element for our project: the folktale collection! The CCB maintains a collection of about 15,000 children’s books of which more than 1,200 are folktales and related materials. As we move forward in our research, we will also be incorporating some of the more than 300 audiovisual resources at the CCB that are related to storytelling. In addition CIRSS (the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship) at GSLIS has given us with opportunities to share our work at its Metadata Roundtable meetings and provided us with transcription and other support.

Word cloud: Phase 1 report

Generated using Wordle + Phase 1 report

Project overview

The goal of Folktales, Facets and FRBR (a multiple-phased research project) is the creation of discovery and access interface for folktales that gives special consideration to the shared and unique information seeking tasks of three distinct user groups: scholars, practitioners and laypeople.

Phase One Now complete. We: identified informants from the scholarly users; conducted task analysis of their information seeking processes related to folktales; conducting facet analysis of the collection and common access methods.

Phase Two [Starts today] Will include identifying representative informants from among the practitioner users, conducting task and facet analysis of these informants’ information seeking, evaluating and refining the prototype for enhanced records, and developing a prototype for a new information retrieval interface.

Today’s tasks

Task 1 – Because we need to interview a new set of subjects, we will need to amend our IRB (Institutional Research Board) application. Thankfully our project officer has been very helpful, and the process of gaining approval to work with human subjects (we interview them) has not been too difficult.

Task 2 – Revisiting our coding documents for task and facet analysis for the next phase of the project.