A distance learning course in research skills for public librarians – an evaluation

Glen Mynott (Glen Mynott is a Research Fellow at the University of Central England in Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Stella Thebridge (Stella Thebridge is a Researcher at the University of Central England in Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Michael Shoolbred (Michael Shoolbred is a Senior Academic at the University of Central England in Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

Considers a number of issues related to the development, at the University of Central England in Birmingham, of a distance learning course in research skills for public librarians. The course was initially developed as part of the Library and Information Commission funded project, Developing Research in Public Libraries. Discusses the need for a stronger culture of research in public libraries and the immediate and long‐term benefits, for public librarians, of a distance learning course in research skills. The evaluation of a pilot distance‐learning course indicated that librarians enrolled on the course perceived it as offering much needed training in a range of research skills. The main concerns relate to the lack of support from public library managers and the limited opportunities for librarians to share their knowledge with their colleagues. Reinforces the arguments for a distance learning course in research training that offers librarians the opportunity to develop and consolidate their research skills in their own time and at their own pace. However, the authors recognise that such a course can only accomplish its aims if public library authorities are prepared to support and encourage staff enrolled on the course.

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Mynott, G., Thebridge, S. and Shoolbred, M. (2000), "A distance learning course in research skills for public librarians – an evaluation", New Library World, Vol. 101 No. 7, pp. 315-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074800010356616

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