18TH LIASA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ABSTRACTS: Embedding library training into the Research Methodology module of Programmes: a case study at the University of the Free State

Embedding library training into the Research Methodology Module of programmes: a case at the University of the Free State

Jeannet Makasi Molopyane, Kegomodicwe Phuthi, Senovia Welman, Mariechen Praekelt, Ronet Vrey, Wellington Zinakile Sotu, Lee Klint Goliath, Annah Malefu Mophosho

The University of the Free State (UFS) Library and Information Services (LIS) resolved in 2016 to approach faculties with the proposition to have all the research methodology modules linked with three sessions of library resources training. The purpose of this intervention was to assess the perceptions and impact of perceived value of the training with regard module experience for the students. The intended outcome will see a positive simple project experience for the users who will have all the information they need available at their finger tips. The motivation for this intervention was the findings from different research which will be elaborated in this paper, where the information literacy skills of postgraduate students were studied under different contexts. An extensive analysis of the literature related in this regard is also explored in the context, with the intention to ensure that library training is fully embedded into research methodology modules for a better lecturer-librarian collaboration and partnership which will strengthen the relationship, trust and commitment the library provides to faculties, in support of students’ lifelong learning as well as demonstrate a good foundation for research. In preparation for this intervention, a document consisting of information literacy standards, databases and open access was designed and customized for each programme. This document was to be included in the study guides the lecturers prepare. The document was forwarded to respective deans to inform relevant programmes in the faculty. Subsequently, a questionnaire was designed in order to assess the impact of this intervention.

The data collected was captured using an excel spreadsheet so that it could be analysed. The results are presented at this conference. In order for the library to further strengthen the idea of the embedded librarian and of academic collaboration, the feedback from the questionnaire will be presented to the faculties’ research methodology programme coordinators. 2017 was the first phase of implementation therefore the questionnaire will assist in determining strengths and weaknesses in order to further improve on