Making Better Decisions: Incorporating Evidence into your Practice Denise Koufogiannakis University of Alberta Libraries OLA Superconference -- February 1, 2008 What is EBL?
University of Alberta Libraries
OLA Superconference -- February 1, 2008
“Evidence-Based Librarianship (EBL) is an approach to information science that promotes the collection, interpretation and integration of valid, important and applicable user-reported, librarian observed, and research-derived evidence. The best available evidence, moderated by user needs and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of professional judgements”.
1995 – M. Haines –Evidence-based Purchasing – “evidence based information practice”
1997 - Article in Hypothesis, Research Section of MLA
2000 – conceptual framework devised – applied to health sciences librarianship
2005 – EBLIG group of CLA formed
2006 - Evidence Based Library and Information Practice journal founded
2007 – 4th conference, USA – now called EBLIP
Should I teach students in lecture style or hands-on with small groups this fall?
“ Practice To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered” (John Ruskin)
Among first year university students, does small group instruction in a computer lab, versus lecture style instruction, result in improved information literacy skills?
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