Health and Life Sciences Librarian Baylor University Waco, Texas
Background: Multiple departments at this institution use versions of Evidence-Based Practice programs with their students from undergraduates to doctoral students. The different departments needed help with training their students. The Health and Life Sciences Librarian has taken on the role of offering multiple workshops on different parts of Evidence-Based Practice and helping with systematic reviews. At the same time the library has taken on incorporating the ACRL Information Literacy Framework into the library's teaching. The Health and Life Sciences Librarian decided to use the framework as guidelines for teaching about Evidence-Based Practice.
Description: The Evidence-Based Practice program began with a five part Saturday morning program that included individual assessments though homework assignments tailored to their papers. The workshops were tailored to graduate students, but could be altered for undergraduates. Later an undergraduate workshop for Honors students was added onto the schedule. The workshops concentrated on three parts of the framework: Information Creation as a Process, Research as Inquiry and Scholarship as Conversation. The students used the workshops to go back and have the deeper conversations about scholarship, searching and finding evidence with their PIs and advisors. Starting in Spring 2020 the program will be supplemented with online assignments and videos to deepen their understanding of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework and Evidence-Based Practice.
Conclusion: We expect to examine how much the students have learned and whether or not they came out of the workshops seeing Evidence-Based scholarship as more than something they just have to tick the boxes for, and instead as a way of thinking and examining the world. We plan to execute the same workshops in an online environment and gather even more information beginning Fall 2020