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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 61

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Poster Board Number: 61
Title: Rethinking Responsible Literature Searching Using LibGuides
Objective: We describe the rethinking of an existing online program designed to improve library users' literature searching skills. Our rethinking resulted in the use of LibGuides to develop an effective database searching guide.
Program Description:
Drawing from the Responsible Literature Searching project developed by the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Springshare's LibGuides software was used to create an effective database searching guide. Library databases are organized by broad subject categories with a tabbed design in the guide. Each section includes nontechnical descriptions of database strengths and limitations, and links to help materials. A tab for specialized tools including cited reference searching, the h index, and journal impact factors was added based on users’ frequently asked questions. New elements include a visual site map for the novice user of the guide and an overall database comparison chart. Project goals consisted of designing a resource to assist library users in selecting the best database for their searches and giving them immediate access to news and help information. In addition, library staff wanted a resource that would be easy to update and maintain. Future enhancements include developing an interactive database decision tool and adding more databases to the guide.
Evaluation: Librarians with different subject specialties reviewed and provided constructive feedback to strengthen and enhance the guide's content. A user survey is built into the guide enabling us to get input about its content and usefulness.
Outcome: The LibGuides software has proved to be an effective interface to help our users develop their search skills, and it has met our goal for ease in updating and maintenance. An added benefit of the guide is its usefulness in helping our library staff update their database knowledge and skills for sources they use infrequently.
Conclusion: Rethinking the format and content of an existing educational program transformed it into a dynamic tool for an academic health care institution's diverse group of users and for our library staff.
Authors: Dana Gerberi, Librarian; Dottie Hawthorne, AHIP, Librarian; Karen Larsen, Librarian; Mayo Clinic Libraries; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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