Experiential learning programs are an effective method to teach data-focused research skills and statistical analysis. We examine the effects of a participatory research training program developed and executed by a data librarian and administered to library employees at a large academic library. The program aimed to improve research skills and increase research productivity. This study employs a survey within a concurrent mixed methods methodological framework to examine the outcomes of the training program. Our findings show that the program served as a low-cost, short-term, effective method of teaching data collection and quantitative analysis that increased participants’ knowledge of the research process, boosted their research confidence, and provided valuable data on library services for use by the participants and library administration.
Anderson, R. K., Fisher, K., Williams, E., & Usmanov, G. (2022). Building Librarians’ Research Skills through Experiential Learning. Georgia Library Quarterly, 59(1). https://doi.org/10.32727/7.2022.1