9º World Congress on Health Information and Libraries

Salvador, Bahia - Brazil, September, 20 to 23 - 2005


4th Regional Coordination Meeting of the VHL

September, 19 to 20 - 2005

P134 - Successful Information literacy course for 2nd year Junior Scientific Masterclass (JSM) students


Introduction: In September 2004 the Central Medical Library of the University of Groningen organized an Information Literacy Course for Junior Scientific Masterclass (JSM) students. The JSM program aims at a select group of talented and motivated students in Medicine or Dentistry from their 2nd year onwards and supports and stimulates these students to participate in scientific research. The objective of this course was to increase knowledge, skills and competence of the participating students in the field of information literacy. An evaluation of the separate sessions as well as of the course in general was performed using a questionnaire.

Methods: Twenty-four JSM students participated in four interactive training sessions (4x2 hours) within one week. Subjects of the sessions were Evidence Based Medici ne, Search Strategy, Reference Manager, and SDI’s/Alerts. The first three sessions were followed by homework exercises that had to be completed and returned to the teaching librarian. The students received individual feedback on their homework.

Evaluation: Twenty-three JSM students successfully completed the training. The library received 20 evaluation forms in return at the end of the course. The statement that the training was interesting was agreed by 75% of the students; 25% partly agreed. The statement that the training was relevant was agreed by 90% of the students; 10% agreed partly. The total time spent on homework assignments was 5.2 ±1.4 hours. The training as a whole was rated with 8.4 ± 0.7 on a scale from 1-10. Despite the high workload, both students and teaching librarians agreed that the course was very successful. Spontaneous reactions were for example ‘I should have known this in the first year' and 'this course should be offered to all students’.