ID: 178 / Workshop C-01: 1
Topics: Roadmap of our Profession
Keywords: Librarian Research, Research Topics, Research Questions
Identifying Research Ideas in Your Day-to-Day Work
John W. Scott Health Sciences Library University of Alberta, Canada
Not knowing how to start a research project and not being able to identify a research subject sometimes prevent health librarians from undertaking research. This practical and hands-on session is designed to generate research ideas from the daily experiences of health librarians. Participants engage in individual exercises, small group activities and a large group exercise to generate research topics and begin shaping them into research questions. Opportunities for collaboration among group members may also be identified.
Learning outcomes : Participants will identify specific day-to-day work experiences which they will compare with eight common kinds of research questions. They will reframe their day-to-day work experiences as research opportunities. Participants will evaluate the research questions that they have created for practical application and appropriateness to their work environment.
Type of interactivity : Practical individual exercises, small group work, large group discussion. To prepare for this session, participants should think about things that happen in their workplaces that give them joy, make them frustrated, make them hopeful or worried about the future of their work or the profession or puzzle them, as well as important trends that will impact their workplaces.
Level : Introductory
Target audience : Early career librarians and any librarian who is wants to do research but is having difficulty getting started.
Preparation for the session : Yes
Biography and Bibliography
Sandy Campbell is a health librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She has a professional interest in librarian research activities and recently co-authored a study on the research support needs of Canadian health librarians. She has presented this workshop locally and internationally.