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Elevating Library Learning: Implementing "Self-Directed Learning" as an Educational Framework

Sunday, May 5
2:35 PM - 2:50 PM
Room: Columbus EF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Academic and health sciences librarians create and use a variety of teaching tools and methods to meet the educational needs and preferences of its users. From traditional brown bag 'Lunch & Learn' informational sessions, group lectures and demonstrations, PowerPoint presentations, video tutorials and diverse learning guides, we decided to enhance the library's pedagogical practices by creating and implementing Self-Directed Learning (SDL) tutorials, by exploring and practicing simultaneously theoretical learning and practical experiences. This transformative educational framework is essential for the library to remain relevant and an integral part of the education for our organization's health sciences lifelong learners.
Description : After an extensive literature review and comprehensive library assessment (i.e. learner demographics, educational needs and learning preferences, interest for current educational tutorials, financial and human resources, collaborative opportunities), two SDL software applications were evaluated. Evaluations were based upon ease of use, compatibility of software with organizational IR system, cost, technical support, installation, maintenance, authoring and structure of tutorials, and creation of tutorial evaluations. The first two SDL tutorials were developed through collaboration between librarians and medical and academic staff.
The SDL tutorials are designed with split-screen technology, enabling users to perform live interactive exercises without having to leave tutorial screens. Moving through tutorials they are required to take brief quizzes called "knowledge checks" which increase learner comprehension. SDL tutorials were implemented by making them accessible through the library website and certificates of completion are given after filling out an evaluation.

Conclusion : After having eight SDL tutorials available, learner evaluations of any completed SDL tutorial will be used as outcome measures of the library's newly implemented pedagogical practice, including: accessibility, usefulness, effectiveness, enhancement of personal and/or professional development, and overall comments.

Stevo Roksandic, AHIP

Regional Director Library Services
Mount Carmel Health System
Columbus, Ohio

Stevo Roksandic joined the Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS) in 2003, and since 2006 has served as Regional Director of Library Services at MHCS, Columbus, OH. Stevo received Library Journal Award 'Movers&Shakers', Class 2015 – Advocates. Stevo is focused on rethinking, redoing and repurposing existing diverse Health Sciences Library environments, and as a change agent, leading staffing and Health Sciences Library through continuous transformations focusing on operational effectiveness, developments and improvements. By promoting, enabling and implementing changes and reinforcing continuity in transforming different aspects of Library business and other operational aspects, Stevo is known as self-assured activator, and visionary leader with strong strategic talents that successfully tie together the library identity and the institutional mission and vision. His research interests include the evaluation of diverse user communities that foster the integration of elements of emerging library trends and future organizational development. His working and living philosophy is: "It’s not about me, it’s about we."

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Kenneth Wright

Health Sciences Librarian
Mount Carmel Health System
Columbus, Ohio

Ken Wright, MSLS
Health Sciences Librarian
Mount Carmel Health System
793 West State Street
Columubs, OH 43222


I serve as the library's liaison to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, spending much of my time supporting the educational and research needs of MCCN faculty and students. My other duties include collaborating and engaging with other nursing departments, developing support materials and delivering tailored workshops/orientations at the point-of-need. I have established an ongoing collaboration with Trinity Health systems-wide researchers, nursing faculty and other nurse educators in designing and implementing customized online educational tutorials. I strive to provide professional library and information services at all organizational levels and all Mount Carmel operating entities and geographic sites.

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