To obtain the equipment necessary to conduct a research study requiring both robust data collection and easily accessible technology, School of Education and Social Policy senior Jamila Silver turned to the Northwestern Library Circulation Desk. After discussing the needs of the study to the librarian on duty, Silver decided that iPads would be the most effective tool for performing her fieldwork in Chicago. Lucky for her, the Northwestern Library has them available for checkout to students.
“The iPads were a key resource. Because we were going into low-income neighborhoods, we couldn’t guarantee that families would have the resources necessary to complete our questionnaires, like a cellphone or computer with internet access,” said Silver. “The iPads allowed us to bring the questionnaires to the parents and have them complete them onsite.”
Along with iPads, the Northwestern Libraries also have many other resources available for checkout, such as laptops and audio/visual equipment. Find the full list of what’s available to borrow on the Library AV and Tech Equipment page. Need something that’s not listed? Contact a librarian!