Mixed methodology: Implications for library and information science research
KABIRU DANLADI GARBA, Head Librarian, Skyline University Nigeria
The paper discusses the implications of using mixed methodology in library and information science research. Library and information science is an interdisciplinary field with origin from several other disciplines like psychology, sociology, information systems management, information technology, business, and humanities. Evidences show that, many researchers employ mixed research methodology in conducting research. Mixed methodology gave and continues to give rise to misunderstandings, is used by many scholars, is acutely doubted, received criticisms, and provoked greater disagreements and discussions among researchers. This paper sets out to bring out the implications of such a methodology in the field of library and information science. The paper is a conceptually based paper that highlights the contradictions of using positivism and constructivism in a single research. It is indicated in the paper that, many researchers are of the opinion that mixing of two different philosophies is almost impossible: citing issues like design and instrument, application of theories and contradictory philosophies. The paper therefore recommends that, design should be made simple to indicate schemes a researcher intends to employ; theories either should be used as a lens or for testing phenomena and mixing of philosophies should be avoided for allowing replication and repetition of researches elsewhere possible.
Keywords: Discipline; Library and Information Science; Mixed Methodology; Paradigm; Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies