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Evaluating Information Skills Training in Health Libraries

Posted by on October 4th, 2011 0 comments

In her 2007 systematic review of how health libraries evaluate their training activities, Alison Brettle points out that these evaluations are designed to address various questions:  Are class participants learning?  Are resources being used in the best way?  Are more resources needed?  What changes should be made to improve materials and methods?   This review focuses… Read More »

Posted in: News, Practical Evaluation, Research Reads

Sep

29

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Comparison of a Postal Survey and Mixed-Mode Survey

Posted by on September 29th, 2011 0 comments

This open access article from the Journal of Medical Internet Research features a comparison between two modes of questionnaire delivery:  postal only, and mixed-method (email followed up by postal mail).  The authors looked at: Respondent characteristics Response rate Response time Rating scale responses Data quality Total costs Here are the conclusions: “Mixed-mode surveys are an… Read More »

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Sep

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How Many Interviews Are Enough?

Posted by on September 27th, 2011 0 comments

When planning an evaluation that features interviews, it is difficult to know in advance how many interviews should be conducted.  The usual approach is to continue to interview until you no longer hear new information.  (Olney & Barnes, Data Collection and Analysis, p. 23)  However, there are times when a numeric guideline would be very useful. … Read More »

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Sep

23

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The Value of Academic Libraries

Posted by on September 23rd, 2011 0 comments

Last year the Association of College and Research Libraries issued a very substantial and thorough review of the research that has been done on how to measure library value:  “The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report” by Megan Oakleaf.  Althought its focus is academia, there are sections reviewing work in public libraries, school… Read More »

Posted in: Library Value, News, Research Reads

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The Critical Incident Technique and Service Evaluation

Posted by on September 22nd, 2011 0 comments

In their systematic review of clinical library (CL) service evaluation, Brettle et al. summarize evidence showing that CLs contribute to patient care through saving time and providing effective results.  Pointing out the wisdom of using evaluation measures that can be linked to organizational objectives, they advocate for using the Critical Incident Technique to collect data on specific outcomes and demonstrate where… Read More »

Posted in: Library Value, News, Research Reads

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