Online Program

Use of libguides as a student engagement and research tool in public health research: A southern experience

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Amar Kanekar, PhD, MPH, MB, BS, MCHES, CPH, Department of Health, Human Performance and Sport Management, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
John Siegel, MLS, UALR Ottenheimer Library, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
Background: In the current era of social media and information overload, it is imperative to have librarian assistance for public health faculty to build and deliver student engaging public health education courses. Faculty-librarian collaboration in developing health education research guides assist students not only in enhancing their public health knowledge but also reduces their anxiety related to navigating through a public health education related research project. LibGuides provide focus on specific books, journal articles, public health data, and credible internet resources and offer convenience and accessibility to distance-learning and web-enhanced classes. Purpose: The purpose of the current presentation is to assess the use of LibGuides in enhancing student learning and research experiences in public health education courses. Methods: The cross-sectional quantitative survey study was designed to gather data about student satisfaction with faculty-librarian collaboration and usefulness of LibGuides as a teaching tool using survey monkey. Results: Some of the salient features were: majority of participants (92.9%) were full-time, female; off-campus residing students who indicated that the Libguide assisted in providing access to variety of resources related to their public health interest topics (85.7%) and improved the research process (71.4%). Furthermore, majority (42.9%) said that they used it close to five times in a semester. Discussion & Conclusions: A positive feedback provided by students indicated the usefulness of the LibGuide in student learning and designing of public health research projects. Faculty reported higher quality of assignments, better utilization of APA style for writing, as well as quality references supporting the assignments.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Assess the usefulness of a Libguide in assessing student learning and academic performance Differentiate categories of resources which will be beneficial for student learning and research in public health. Design a Libguide to supplement their teaching in public health related courses.

Keyword(s): Public Health Research, Career Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an assistant professor in Department of Health, Human Performance and Sport Management
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.