Reflections on the Katrina Experience: Library and Information Science Students’ Stories

Welsh, Teresa S. and Higgins, Susan E. Reflections on the Katrina Experience: Library and Information Science Students’ Stories., 2009 . In Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii (US), 5-8 January 2008. [Conference paper]


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This study examined the Hurricane Katrina-related narratives of 72 LIS students. Narratives were collected in fall 2005 and spring 2006 semesters from students in four online courses and coded for themes related to problems and coping strategies using qualitative NVivo7 software. Textalyser software was used to rank frequently-occurring terms related to problems, emotional states, and coping strategies. Frequently-cited problems included: lack of electric power, water, gasoline, information, and communication. Frequently-cited emotional states included: worry, stress, fear, and feelings of being threatened and trapped. Frequently-cited coping strategies related to resiliency included: making connections and exhibiting social skills through communication, giving and receiving help; reading; problem-solving and information skills; life skills, indicated by survival in catastrophic circumstances; taking care of others; and participation in recovery and relief efforts.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Hurricane Katrina, qualitative analysis, LIS students
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information
Depositing user: Teresa S. Welsh
Date deposited: 01 Apr 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:14


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