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Evaluating information skills training in health libraries: a systematic review

Brettle, A 2007, 'Evaluating information skills training in health libraries: a systematic review' , Health Information and Libraries Journal, 24 (Suppl) , pp. 18-37.

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Abstract

Introduction : Systematic reviews have shown that there is limited evidence to demonstrate that the information literacy training health librarians provide is effective in improving clinicians’ information skills or has an impact on patient care. Studies lack measures which demonstrate validity and reliability in evaluating the impact of training. Aim : To determine what measures have been used; the extent to which they are valid and reliable; to provide guidance for health librarians who wish to evaluate the impact of their information skills training. Methods : Data sources: Systematic review methodology involved searching 7 databases, and personal files. Study selection: Studies were included if they were about information skills training, used an objective measure to assess outcomes, and occurred in a health setting. Results : Fifty-four studies were included in the review. Most outcome measures used in the studies were not tested for the key criteria of validity and reliability. Three tested for validity and reliability are described in more detail. Conclusions : Selecting an appropriate measure to evaluate the impact of training is a key factor in carrying out any evaluation. This systematic review provides guidance to health librarians by highlighting measures used in various circumstances, and those that demonstrate validity and reliability.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1471-1834
Depositing User: AJ Brettle
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2011 15:16
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:44
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12664

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