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EBLIP chat: Day 24 – An EBLIP workshop

#blogjune Day 24: I give an overview of the EBLIP workshop materials that are available on my website for LIS professionals. I welcome suggestions for improvement or additional resources.


G’day and welcome to this video series chatting about evidence-based library and information practice. I’m Alisa Howlett, the Coordinator of Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Southern Queensland library.

Today I’m going to share and quickly walk through some of the workshop resources that I have available on the website. This is applying evidence-based practice. It’s a workshop for library and information professionals.

This workshop was presented at the ALIA Queensland conference back in 2018. Given the positive feedback from participants and also that the workshop achieved its aims in increasing confidence with the EBLIP process, I decided to make these resources available under creative commons.

Setting up the workshop

It’s a quick and practical workshop both in content but also in the time that’s needed. Only about 30-40 minutes, so it can be easily incorporated into a team meeting. The workshop shows that evidence-based practice is not just a one-off thing that happens. It’s integrated into the way we work.

I recommend two to four groups with about two to six people per group. So not too big because it needs to be quick and snappy. You’ll need someone to facilitate this workshop, you’ll need the slides, the scenarios, the types of evidence. These are all available on my website. Also some coloured pens and some extra pieces of paper for the second activity.

Workshop activities

There are four scenarios that you can work through, one for each group. The first activity invites participants to identify best available evidence that fits with the question or problem or whatever scenario they were allocated. They’ll have the pieces that are types of evidence scattered over the table and they have to choose which is going to be best fit for that scenario for making decisions etc.

The second activity then invites participants to identify next steps in applying that evidence so whether they decide that they need a different kind of evidence to make the decision or they might, you know, forge ahead with whatever path that they decide upon. You could do a report back for the second activity. I didn’t do it in the workshop at the conference but certainly if time allows you can do a report back to ignite that further discussion.

If you do run this workshop I’d love to hear from you any improvements that I can make, any suggestions that you might have for additional resources.

Until next time, take care. Cheers

You can also view Day 24 (An EBLIP workshop) video here.

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