Welcome and thank you for being here. My name is [name], and I am [brief description of affiliation and program/unit/work area]. Library staff want to learn more about [topic of focus groups]. They asked me to lead a discussion with you today.
I will moderate today’s session, and [person] will take notes and help watch the clock to make sure we stay on schedule. I have some questions to guide us through the discussion. Keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions, and you don’t have to answer every question. [Note taker] is taking notes and recording this session so we can flesh out anything they might miss. Nothing you say today will be connected to your name, and the recording will be shared with [fill in]. It will be deleted when we’ve completed fleshing out our notes. There is a recording consent form in front of you. Please take a moment to review and sign it if you haven’t done so already.
Here are a few ground rules that we have found helpful in keeping these discussions productive [review ground rules].
Okay, let’s get started.
Opening (5 min)
Section 1 (15 min)
Section 2 (20 min)
Section 3 (10 min)
Closing (10 min)
This is a chance to ask participants to reflect on big picture ideas related to your research questions, to share anything else with you that they want to on your topics, provide suggestions, etc.
Those are all the questions I have. I’ve enjoyed learning from you this afternoon/evening. Thank you for taking the time to meet with us. [Details for modes of follow up.]