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Boutique librarianship for the non traditional, working, distance student - a love story - Phillips


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Boutique librarianship for the non traditional, working, distance student - a love story - Phillips

  1. 1. Boutique Librarianship for the non-traditional, working, distance student: A love story Kat Phillips Nursing & Allied Health Liaison Librarian Penn State University
  2. 2. Penn State College of Nursing*unofficial 2018 enrollment* - * a student could be in more than one category* Degree Type University Park World Campus Total Headcount Baccalaureate Degree 601 335 936 Doctoral Degree 18 33 51 Doctoral Minor 2 2 Graduate Dual Title 1 1 Master’s Degree 96 77 173 Postbaccalaureate Certificate 8 16 24 Undergraduate Certificate 67 67 Undergraduate Minor 93 2 95 Grand Totals 721 513 1234 Librarian primarily works with: ~1,160
  3. 3. What do we want to know • What does a boutique outreach model look like? • What effect does the embedded librarian’s specialized outreach model have on the distance graduate nursing student’s research confidence and skills during their graduate program? • Does this positively impact the transition of these skills into the student’s work environment? Research Cliparts Psychology #2567959. (2019). Retrieved from,
  4. 4. Getting distance graduate students from Point A to Point B You are here Imposter syndrome Low (perception vs. reality) research skills You will be here Confidence Strong research capabilities Transitional skills Nursing & Allied Health Liaison Librarian builds strong boutique reference & instruction relationship with entire College of Nursing Boutique Service: Modules Discussion Boards Variety of Reference Services Resources & Assignments
  5. 5. Modules •Problem based learning •Build on pre-existing strengths •Transitional skills applied directly to work or life •Students earn certificate of completion/passing for each module •Undergraduate & Graduate student use
  6. 6. Modules Then • Undergraduate-level skills • 6 Modules: • Getting Ready for Research • Basic Research Skills • Identifying a Scholarly Resource • Writing Tips • Dissemination of Research • Evidence-Based Nursing – Acquiring the Best Evidence
  7. 7. Modules Now • Undergraduate modules updated • Base Graduate level modules • Special Topics modules • Scholarly Communication • Open Access, Predatory Publishing • Online Reputation • APA Citations • Identifying Types of Literature in a Journal • IF I APPLY – Resource Credibility Verification
  8. 8. Discussion Boards •Open-Ended Discussions •Librarian & faculty collaboration •Peer-led discussion •2 Options: Focused or Water Cooler-style
  9. 9. Reference Services •Virtual • Zoom • Phone • Ask a Librarian Chat •Office hours • Physical office location in College of Nursing •Timing • Schedule day, evening, and weekend appointments
  10. 10. Resources & Assignments •Update and increase eCollections •Curriculum development •Course updates •Specific assignment creation or revamp
  11. 11. Balance of Time = Sustainable Services • Annoying questions: • Are weekend and evening hours really necessary? • What do you actually do every day? (Response to the answer, “No.”) • What do you mean we have InterLibrary Loan?! I’ve been paying for articles this whole time! • Legitimate questions: • How are you going to sustain these services? • Are you always going to offer these services to us & our students? • Current & Upcoming changes: • Appointment scheduling system for high traffic times & specific assignments • Specified day(s) for evening appointments • Shifting more instruction into modules • Faculty training sessions
  12. 12. So the real question is… Does this work? Is it making a difference?
  13. 13. YES Reduction of imposter syndrome Increased # of student-librarian interactions Improved course performance Enriched information literacy skills Boosted transitional skills
  14. 14. Questions, Comments, Compliments, or Concerns? – Kat Phillips – 814.865.3713
  15. 15. Kat Phillips Nursing & Allied Health Liaison Librarian Penn State University University Park, PA, USA Email: Telephone: 814.865.3713 Twitter: @724phillipsk