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Supporting ourselves to support research. Cousins & Perris

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Supporting ourselves to support research. Cousins & Perris

  1. 1. Supporting ourselves to support research Imperial College London’s Medicine Information Literacy Group (MILG) Jacqueline Cousins Kate Perris
  2. 2. • Maintaining current awareness • Liaison • Delivering good quality and relevant information literacy sessions • Ongoing professional development All librarians face similar challenges: Supporting Research
  3. 3. Presentation Objectives: • Provide an overview of how Imperial Medical Libraries have met these challenges. • Explain the work of the Medicine Information Literacy Group (MILG) and the SKiLD Group (South Kensington Learning Development). • Share practice with colleagues outside Imperial College London.
  4. 4. Medicine Information Literacy Group (MILG) Created in 2004 to: • Address the research support needs of Imperial’s medicine faculty. • Co-ordinate information literacy training across five Imperial Medical campuses. • Ensure consistent and ongoing liaison.
  5. 5. Medicine Information Literacy Group (MILG) Created in 2004 to: • Create a peer support network. • Maintain and develop skills.
  6. 6. MILG Members • Six Principal Library Assistants. • One Campus Library Manager. • One Senior Library Assistant representative. • Various representatives from other library groups.
  7. 7. Learning and Development MILG SKiLD NHS Group Public Services Marketing Imperial Library’s wider group structure
  8. 8. Frequency of MILG meetings • Organised around the academic year. • Monthly meetings (November – June) • Weekly meetings (July – October)  MILG divides in to sub-groups
  9. 9. Work carried out by MILG • Delivering information literacy training sessions • Preparing and improving training • Co-ordinating liaison with the faculty • Current awareness • Ongoing professional development
  10. 10. Delivering training sessions • Small and large group hands-on training • Lectures • Personal Response System (PRS) • Online quizzes • Informs tutorials
  11. 11. Preparing and improving training: • MILG sub-groups create teaching materials  PowerPoint templates  Workbooks • Feedback  Student evaluation forms  Diagnostic questionnaires  Reflective narratives
  12. 12. Liaison • Embedding library training in to the medicine curriculum  Linking in to Problem Based Learning  Evidence Based Medicine  Critical appraisal • Future developments – the medicine blog • Developing working relationships with academics at each campus
  13. 13. Ongoing Liaison • Reviewing and reacting to changes within the medicine curriculum • Identifying where library training could be integrated • ‘Selling’ library training to academics and students • Attending faculty meetings
  14. 14. Resource Champions Each MILG member will be assigned a resource to ‘Champion’ which involves:  Producing and updating user resource guides  Obtaining publicity and documentation from resource providers  Subscribing to relevant mailing lists and news feeds  Giving the group refresher training and creating one-to-one training checklists for the resource
  15. 15. MILG Wiki • Allows MILG members to access the work of MILG sub-groups • Keeps the group in contact • Hosts example searches for specific resources • Stores useful articles and links
  16. 16. Professional Development • Peer support network. • MILG meetings are a forum to discuss new ideas. • Train the Trainer  Teaching practice  Training on resources • External training  e.g. voice projection
  17. 17. Adapting the MILG model: (The SKiLD Group) • Cross-faculty Imperial Library group. • Meets on a monthly basis to share knowledge and ideas e.g. teaching methods. • Delivers cross-faculty training.
  18. 18. Adapting the MILG model: (The SKiLD Group) • Uses SharePoint to maintain communication. • Provides peer support e.g. Train the Trainer and peer observation. • Resource champions are especially useful for cross faculty resources.
  19. 19. Conclusion • MILG ensures that a consistent service is offered across medical campuses. • MILG members have a body of knowledge, contacts and experience to draw on. • Current awareness is maintained • Good quality information literacy is offered which adapts to the needs of the faculty.
  20. 20. Conclusion • A successful peer support network has been created. • MILG works in a way that allows the group to take on new challenges and continue to develop new services.
  21. 21. Credits • MILG Wiki images: ©, inc. 2009 (