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 FOLIO: Facilitated Online Learning as an Interactive Opportunity


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


Frequently Asked Questions


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/exercises.


How much does the course cost?

Category Fee (GST included)


ALIA member $A150 $A165


Non-member $A240 $A265


What if I have to miss a few days due to holidays or work commitments?

It is possible to “catch up” within a two week extension automatically offered at the end of the course.


What if I work part-time?

Previous participants have found it possible to complete FOLIO courses even when working on a part-time basis. Part-time participants will particularly benefit from the two week extension offered at the end of each course.


Can I join part-way through the course?

Unfortunately due to issues concerning group dynamics, together with administrative arrangements, it is only possible to participate if you have pre-registered for the course. However we naturally hope that the course will be so successful that it will be repeated on a later occasion!


What if members of my buddy group do not participate?

Participants have committed themselves to the course. However, circumstances may make it impossible for a buddy to participate. During the EBLIP-Gloss course, participants are divided into small "buddy groups" of three or four people. Therefore if one of your buddies withdraws from the course (or two in the case of groups of four), it will still be possible to complete the tasks set. In the event of all the other of the members of your buddy group withdrawing from the course, the FOLIO course team will provide some alternative which will depend on the stage at which this occurs. For example during Weeks One and Two it may be possible to join “orphan” buddies from another group without disruption to the course. In Weeks Three and Four you might be paired with a member of the course team for completion of a specific task. In Weeks Five and Six you may be given an alternative version of the exercise that it is possible to complete on your own. At all times our primary concern will be your educational progress. If you have a problem related to your buddy group then email us at folio@sheffield.ac.uk with the message header “EBLIP-Gloss Buddy Group”.


What if I am unable to complete the course?

Send an email to folio@sheffield.ac.uk with the message header “EBLIP-Gloss Withdrawal”. If you no longer wish to receive the course materials you should also send the message “leave FOLIO” to jiscmail@jiscmail.ac.uk. However you are free to continue to “lurk” as long as you send your “Withdrawal” email to folio@sheffield.ac.uk. Please also let your buddy group know that you are withdrawing from the course.


NB. Please note that it may still be possible to be credited with completion of the course even if your portfolio is not quite complete. This will depend upon both the nature of your reason for non-completion and the extent of completion of the portfolio. The decision of the facilitator, to be made upon conclusion of the course, will be final.


What if a link in a course email does not work?

Some email systems will split links into two lines causing them to be broken. All you need to do is copy and paste the whole link into your Internet browser.


What if I have an unresolved query concerning the course?

You can send an email to folio@sheffield.ac.uk. Please include the phrase “EBLIP-Gloss” in your email subject heading. We shall endeavour to answer your query within 48 hours.


Useful references

For more information about using an evidence based approach in delivering effective services see the following references:

Booth,A. and Brice,A. (2004) Evidence-Based Practice for Information Professionals: A Handbook London: Facet Publishing. ISBN: 9781856044714

Connor,E. (2007) Evidence-based Librarianship: Case Studies and Active Learning Exercises Oxford: Chandos Publishing. ISBN: 1843342995

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (Open Access Journal)

Libraries Using Evidence EBLIP Toolkit



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