Research Seminar Series

The experience sampling method (ESM) allows researchers to study human behavior and cognition on site, capturing the subjective experiences that make up everyday life. The method was developed in the 1970s as Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi looked for ways to study the experience of flow. Library and information science research has begun to utilize ESM to learn more about flow and other experiences users have in libraries and in interacting with technology. This talk will describe how ESM is being used in a study of child welfare workers’ experience using information communication technology in the course of performing their work.