Start Date

16-3-2020 4:20 PM

End Date

16-3-2020 5:00 PM

Author(s) Bio

Mary Rickelman has worked in several library settings – academic, hospital and public libraries. She is currently a reference and cataloging librarian at AdventHealth University. She is the liaison to several graduate programs including the Occupational Therapy Department. Mary also offers library instruction in the classroom and one-on-one research consultations. Christine Moghimi has been an occupational therapist for 37 years, working in a variety of clinical settings as both a therapist and as a manager. Currently she is an Associate Professor at AdventHealth University, teaching Master Occupational Therapy students in a variety of courses, including the Foundations of the Profession.

Presenter Status

Faculty

Keywords

information literacy, library anxiety, collaboration, research consultation, faculty, librarian, occupational therapy

Presentation Type

Poster

Description of Proposal

In today’s academic environment, students equipped with self-regulated learning and information literacy skills have an excellent opportunity for professional success, given our current information-based practices in health care. Information literacy instruction provided to students early in their coursework will aide them in acquiring competency for the remainder of their studies, especially scholarly projects. Along with information literacy issues, library anxiety has been identified in the literature as a contributing factor to poor academic performance in students. The purpose of this study was to explore components of library anxiety, if present, as well as to help students become more comfortable and proficient with library resources in analyzing research articles. Library anxiety and information literacy was addressed by requiring, via a class assignment, a cohort of MOT adult learners to connect 1:1 with a librarian for a research consultation. This study took place strategically at the beginning of the students’ professional program to better prepare them for future research assignments, including their scholarship project.

What takeaways will attendees learn from your session?

Attendees will learn if MOT students’ anxiety level changed related to library research after attending a library research consultation and the benefits of ongoing faculty-librarian collaboration.

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Graduate Occupational Therapy Students & Information Literacy: Does a Research Consultation Increase Information Literacy Skills While Lowering Library Anxiety?

In today’s academic environment, students equipped with self-regulated learning and information literacy skills have an excellent opportunity for professional success, given our current information-based practices in health care. Information literacy instruction provided to students early in their coursework will aide them in acquiring competency for the remainder of their studies, especially scholarly projects. Along with information literacy issues, library anxiety has been identified in the literature as a contributing factor to poor academic performance in students. The purpose of this study was to explore components of library anxiety, if present, as well as to help students become more comfortable and proficient with library resources in analyzing research articles. Library anxiety and information literacy was addressed by requiring, via a class assignment, a cohort of MOT adult learners to connect 1:1 with a librarian for a research consultation. This study took place strategically at the beginning of the students’ professional program to better prepare them for future research assignments, including their scholarship project.