• Advancing the Reference Narrative: Assessing Student Learning in Research Consultations

    Author(s):
    Doreen Bradley, Elizabeth Hanley, Brian Matzke (see profile) , Angie Oehrli, Soo Young Rieh
    Date:
    2020
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    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/zgyw-e489
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    Results – Students and librarians both considered the consultation process to be successful in advancing learning objectives and research skills. All students reported that the consultations met their expectations, and most reported that the skills acquired were applicable to their projects and significantly improved the quality of their work. Librarians expressed confidence that students had gained competency in the following skill sets: finding sources, search strategy development, topic exploration, specific tool use, and library organization and access. A high degree of alignment was observed in the identification by both students and librarians of “finding sources” as the skill set most in need of enhancement or assistance, while some disparity was noted in the ranking of “search strategy development,” which librarians ranked second and students ranked last. Conclusion – The data demonstrate that both students and librarians perceived individual research consultations as an effective means to meet student learning expectations. Study findings suggest that as reference models continue to change and reference desk usage declines, research consultations remain a valuable element in a library’s service model and an efficient use of human resources.
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