Research invitation for librarians using reflection at work

Have you ever used reflection to improve your performance at work or to better understand situations at work? If so, I’m interested in talking with you about your use of intentional reflection (also called reflective practice) as part of my project for the Medical Library Association Research Training Institute, “Health Science Librarians’ Engagement in Work-Related Reflection: A Qualitative Exploration of Why They Invest in Reflective Practice.” This project was approved as exempt research on February 6, 2020, by the University of Toledo Social, Behavioral and Educational Institutional Review Board (UT IRB#300548).

My goal is to collect stories about how and why we as health science librarians use intentional reflection at work and how we overcome the barriers that make it hard to engage in reflection at work. I will also be gathering advice that can be shared with librarians who are new to intentional reflection.

The research project has two parts. First, an online questionnaire asks about your use of reflective practice and includes demographic questions. The second part of the project consists of 60-minute interviews with a selection of people who completed the initial questionnaire. If you are invited for an interview and you engage in reflective writing, you will also be invited to share samples of your reflective writing, though this is not required.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, the first two pages of the questionnaire are the informed consent form. If you have any questions about the project after reading the consent form, I am happy to speak with you at the information provided below. If you know of any health science librarians who would be interested in this research project, please feel free to forward this email to them.

You can access the questionnaire here:

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