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Friday, August 31, 2018
Reports from MLA’s Research Training Institute (RTI)
Hello WHSLA Blog readers,
My name is Liz Suelzer and I’m a librarian at the Medical
College of Wisconsin (MCW) Libraries. I recently started a yearlong fellowship
with the MLA Research Training Institute
for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI). The RTI was developed to help health
sciences librarians learn more about the research process by having librarians
undergo a research project of their own with training and support from
experienced researchers. I hope to keep you updated on my journey through the
RTI over the next year.
This past July I attended the inaugural Research
Training Institute (RTI) Workshop in Chicago. The RTI Workshop was led by five faculty with extensive
experience in library research, and twenty fellows who are
participating in the program. We spent the week at Library of Health
Sciences-Chicago, University of Illinois–Chicago, and most of us stayed in the
dorms on campus.
The workshop was five days of intensive learning about the
research process. We started out by getting to know each other and developing
our research questions. In the middle of the week we covered theoretical
frameworks, literature reviews, research design methods, data management and
analysis, and we got practice with using different research methodologies such
as interviews, focus groups and surveys. The week ended with discussions about
disseminating our research and each participant walked away with a research
plan and timeline.
Me and my research plan timeline
As you can see, a lot of information was given out during
the week. However, it wasn’t as challenging to stay focused as I thought it
would be. The topics were taught by different faculty members using different
teaching strategies. During the breaks and in the evenings, the fellows spent
time talking about and processing the information that we learned during the
day and finding ways to incorporate what was learned into our own research
Spending a week with librarians who are all in the same
research boat was great. It was nice being able to talk shop with colleagues
who have different work experiences, and it wasn’t hard to make new friends. I
left Chicago at the end of the week with a full mind and motivation to continue
work on my research project.
In my next report, coming in a few weeks, I will share
information about my research project.