Are you a Chico State undergraduate student, at least 18 years old, who self-identifies as Indigenous, Asian, Asian-Pacific Islander, East Asian or Southeast Asian? Just take photos around the library and talk in a group setting about why you took them!

The Meriam Library is looking for up to 30 students to participate in a photovoice study about how you feel about the library space.

The Meriam Library is recruiting participants for a photovoice study [this is NOT another survey] about how, specifically, Chico State undergraduate students, who are at least 18 years old and who self-identify as Asian, Asian Pacific Islander, East Asian, Southeast Asian or Indigenous perceive the library environment, its resources and services.

If you agree to participate in the study, you will be asked to fill out a short demographic survey, sign an informed consent form, take photos, talk about your photos in a group setting, and will be compensated with a $50 gift card at the end of the study.

Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may exit the research study at any time for any reason. There are no potential risks to participants.

Students who wish to participate and have questions about the study, should contact the Principal Investigator, Michelle Mussuto, at or 530-898-5836 or visit Michelle at her office in the Meriam Library Room 112.

What is the photovoice method of research?

Photovoice is a form of participatory action research that has been gaining momentum since its inception in the mid-1990s.1 It is qualitative research. This research methodology invites research participants to document aspects of their lives through photography and then provide either written or oral accounts of the photos they take.  The methodology is designed to showcase participants as the experts on their life experiences. Photovoice is a process by which people can identify, represent, and enhance their community through a specific photographic technique.2

Why participate?

Photovoice makes you the expert. It’s your voice that the library wants to hear! This research is an opportunity for you to elicit potential changes to the Meriam Library’s physical environment.


1. Latz, A.O., & Mulvihill, T.M. (2017). Photovoice research in education and beyond: A practical guide from theory to exhibition. Routledge.

2.  Wang, C., & Burris, M.A. (1997). Photovoice: Concept, Methodology, and Use for Participatory Needs Assessment. Health Education & Behavior, 24(3). DOI: