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FOLIO: Facilitated Online Learning as an Interactive Opportunity


Evidence Based Library and Information Practice: Delivering Services that Shine (EBLIP-Gloss)


What is EBLIP-Gloss?

'EBLIP-Gloss' is an online interactive course on evidence based library and information practice. It is being delivered by e-mail and web pages and is funded by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Pippa Evans, an Information Specialist at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, is the Facilitator for this course. Course design and materials have been developed by a course team comprising: Andrew Booth (Programme Director), Anna Cantrell (Learning Resource Co-ordinator), Pippa Evans (Learning Resource Co-ordinator), Diana Papaioannou (Learning Resource Co-ordinator), and Anthea Sutton (Learning Resource Co-ordinator).


Why is it important?

Health library and information staff often find it difficult to make time to attend workshops and other continuing professional development events. At the same time developments in professional practice place a tremendous imperative for keeping up-to-date and acquiring additional skills. The FOLIO Programme aims to provide easy access to learning materials with the convenience of flexible timing and learning styles.


What is the course aim?

This course aims to equip information professionals with a working knowledge of evidence based library and information practice and to provide them with the confidence and knowledge required to introduce an evidence based approach into their daily practice.


What are the course objectives?

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

· Identify the drivers for EBLIP and its importance as a model for lifelong learning.

· Assess the opportunities for individual and service development offered by an evidence based approach.

· Describe the main stages of the EBLIP process and their application to day-to-day service delivery.

· Practise the key technical skills required for utilisation and application of the evidence in daily decision-making.

· Identify major priorities for the further development and take-up of the evidence based approach in library and information services.

· Engage with fellow participants in discussing issues connected with use of the evidence base.


What does the course involve?

The course will typically involve:

1. Receiving approximately twenty-five email communications (approximately 4 per week over six working weeks) via the E-FOLIO Jiscmail discussion list at: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/E-FOLIO.html.

2. Reading briefings & other materials (approximately one per week).

3. Working on individual tasks/exercises (approximately once a week for participants following the group supported-route and approximately twice a week for participants following the self-directed route).

4. For group-supported participants only: Interaction with a “buddy group” in connection with tasks/exercises (approximately once a week). 

5. Compiling a portfolio recording the above for submission to the course team.

6. Completion of a course evaluation form at the end of the course.


The course will be certificated by SHALL and participants fulfilling these minimum requirements will therefore receive a certificate of attendance.


How long will the course take to complete?

For the production of a good portfolio, students should spend about 2-4 hours per week on the EBLIP-Gloss tasks and exercises.


Who is eligible to participate?

The course is open to pre-registered librarians in Australia and New Zealand. No late applications accepted.



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