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Jane Morgan-Daniel
@JMorganDaniel
The Information Needs of Occupational
Therapy Students: A Case Study
Choosing the topic
What is an OT?
Methodology
Data collection
Data analysis
Findings
Lessons learned
Overview
Why information needs?
- What users say they need vs
what we think they need
- Meeting users’ changing
expectations
- User...
Why OT students?
- Personal & professional
connection to the topic
- Occupational Therapy is a
relatively new profession
-...
Final research question
What are the information needs of Occupational
Therapy students and how do these needs
contribute ...
What’s an Occupational Therapist?
Research
objectives
Ascertain OT students’
motivators for
information-seeking
Determine which
information sources are
used...
Methodology
Systems theory
- Meaning can be objectively
determined
- An information need is a
rational decision that a pie...
Methodology
User-centred
- Meaning is influenced by
personality, demographic
background & occupation
- An information need...
Methodology
Case study
- In depth exploration of local
perceptions
- Intensive examination of
contextual relationships
bet...
Methodology
- Non-probability purposive
sampling
- Inclusion criteria: location,
profession, specialisation,
career stage,...
Methodology Research design
Mixed methods
Qualitative
- Examination of perceptions,
opinions & attitudes
- Unanticipated t...
Data collection
- Self-completion questionnaire
- Open and closed questions
- Administered via email by a
faculty member
-...
What information services
would your ideal library
provide?
How do you evaluate
whether research evidence
is useful for a ...
On placement, have you
looked for information to
help with…
When writing academic
assignments, have you
looked for informa...
Data analysis
Thematic analysis (qualitative data)
Non-parametric descriptive analysis
(quantitative data)
Findings
Objective one
Academic assignments, EBP,
developing workplace skills
Objective two
Clinical colleagues, textbooks...
Recommendations
- Increase awareness of
Occupational Therapy as a
distinct profession
- Extend library opening hours
- Off...
Lessons learned
Information needs case
studies are a manageable,
useful and enjoyable topic
for a dissertation.
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The information needs of Occupational Therapy students - Jane Morgan Daniel

  1. 1. Jane Morgan-Daniel @JMorganDaniel The Information Needs of Occupational Therapy Students: A Case Study
  2. 2. Choosing the topic What is an OT? Methodology Data collection Data analysis Findings Lessons learned Overview
  3. 3. Why information needs? - What users say they need vs what we think they need - Meeting users’ changing expectations - User-oriented & evidence- based service development - Innovative responses to internal & external change Choosing the topic…
  4. 4. Why OT students? - Personal & professional connection to the topic - Occupational Therapy is a relatively new profession - 31 British universities now offer OT degree courses - Increased government support for student OTs - Literature gap Choosing the topic…
  5. 5. Final research question What are the information needs of Occupational Therapy students and how do these needs contribute to library use and non-use?
  6. 6. What’s an Occupational Therapist?
  7. 7. Research objectives Ascertain OT students’ motivators for information-seeking Determine which information sources are used and why Establish the barriers inhibiting the satisfaction of information needs
  8. 8. Methodology Systems theory - Meaning can be objectively determined - An information need is a rational decision that a piece of information is required to solve a problem - Information needs are best met through efficient Information Retrieval systems Which research tradition?
  9. 9. Methodology User-centred - Meaning is influenced by personality, demographic background & occupation - An information need is subjective & contextual - Information needs are best met through understanding users’ perceptions of reality within a specific setting Which research tradition?
  10. 10. Methodology Case study - In depth exploration of local perceptions - Intensive examination of contextual relationships between the occupational environment & students’ information needs - Detection of associative patterns Research strategy
  11. 11. Methodology - Non-probability purposive sampling - Inclusion criteria: location, profession, specialisation, career stage, pattern of learning - Key informant encouraged faculty collaboration - One institutional case - Final sample of 27 students Sampling procedure
  12. 12. Methodology Research design Mixed methods Qualitative - Examination of perceptions, opinions & attitudes - Unanticipated themes arose inductively Quantitative - Illuminated patterns within the qualitative data - Enabled theory-building
  13. 13. Data collection - Self-completion questionnaire - Open and closed questions - Administered via email by a faculty member - Questionnaires were returned as an email attachment - Data was copied into Excel and anonymised
  14. 14. What information services would your ideal library provide? How do you evaluate whether research evidence is useful for a specific patient case? While on placement, what clinical tasks prompt you to look for information? While on placement, what non-clinical tasks prompt you to look for information? Open questions
  15. 15. On placement, have you looked for information to help with… When writing academic assignments, have you looked for information to help with… On placement, who are you likely to approach with a question about patient care… Closed questions When researching a clinical question, do you use any of the following point-of-care tools…
  16. 16. Data analysis Thematic analysis (qualitative data) Non-parametric descriptive analysis (quantitative data)
  17. 17. Findings Objective one Academic assignments, EBP, developing workplace skills Objective two Clinical colleagues, textbooks, search engines, e-journals, bibliographic databases Objective three Training gaps, no awareness, librarians’ limited knowledge of OT, perceived inaccessibility & unavailability of resources
  18. 18. Recommendations - Increase awareness of Occupational Therapy as a distinct profession - Extend library opening hours - Offer regular user training - Improve availability & accessibility of OT related print & e-resources - Targeted publicity of relevant library services & resources
  19. 19. Lessons learned
  20. 20. Information needs case studies are a manageable, useful and enjoyable topic for a dissertation.

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