Library Reading Lists: Focus Group Project

The Library is launching a focus group project for reading lists, and we’re inviting students to come share their reading list experiences with us! We’re hoping to find out how effective reading lists are so we can continue improving the learning experience here at Essex.

If you are interested in learning more about reading lists or if you are determined to make actual changes, you’re welcome to come along! The Library will be running three sessions on Wednesdays 12th, 19th, and 26th of February from 12:00 to 14:00. The discussion will be carried out in groups which consist of academic staffs and students. Free lunch and snacks will be provided in addition of £10 Amazon vouchers. If you are interested in being a participant of the focus group, please leave your name and your email address on the sign-up sheet at the Library Front Desk. For more information about the project please contact

Why a focus group?

A focus group is a gathering where discussions are facilitated under a comfortable, non-threatening and receptive environment. It is an effective way of gaining deeper insights on consumers’ feedback and providing a bigger impact on the issue at hand as it allows direct communication between the researchers and the participants. The focus group is not only a great tool in helping the researchers gather more accurate information, it also allows members to interact and influence each other during the discussion.

Why we want to hear from students?

Since a limited amount of consideration is taken from students’ perspectives in regards to the use of the reading list, there is a gap between the academic staffs’ expectations on how students should be using the platform and how much students are benefiting from it in reality. However, through the focus group project, students are encouraged to have their say in what kinds of resources they wish to see on the reading list and how they expect it to help them in their studies. Therefore, it is a great opportunity to allow all parties to come to a consensus pertaining to the use of the platform in order to fully maximise its benefits.

The goal of this project

Students will not only be able to have easier access to the core resources required in their studies through the focus group project, but it is also an opportunity for them to make actual changes according to their needs. Hence, the focus group is essentially an effective method in raising awareness on the use of the reading list and promoting its benefits to both the academics and the students.

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