UT Faculty Research

This collection features articles, conference proceedings, professional posters, research data, and other contributions by University of Toledo faculty.

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The Role of Libraries in Community Wellness
The Role of Libraries in Community Wellness
We wanted to provide information and suggestions for ways the University of Toledo (UT) community could develop new habits or reestablish healthier behavior patterns. We did this by providing information on programs available at UT and in the surrounding community., This was presented at the 2018 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 22, 2018.
Survey of Library Services at Engineering News Record Top 500 Design Firms:...
Survey of Library Services at Engineering News Record Top 500 Design Firms:...
"In October 2004 a survey was mailed to the Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design firms asking about their information resources and whether there was a degreed librarian on staff. The article resulting from this research has been widely cited in the literature in the past decade. There was an economic crisis in the United States during the decade since 2004, it was decided that a follow up survey to learn what had changed would be useful. The goal of both surveys was to assess the state of library services in US design firms. The 2004 and the 2014 surveys were mailed to the most current Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design firms mailing list available. One part of the survey was to be completed by a principal in the firm. The second part was to be completed by the librarian, if the firm employed one. Librarians were asked if they have a master’s degree and whether it was a requirement for their job, what databases they use and the types of information they are asked to find, and if they serve more than on office and if these offices were within one state, multi-state, or multi-national. Academic engineering librarians play a role in preparing engineering students for careers that will primarily be outside of academe. Therefore, understanding the work environment graduates will join can assist librarians in better preparing them for their careers. The current study found most US engineering firms lack the variety of databases and other electronic resources our students are taught to use. Also most firms do not employ a degreed librarian.", Previously published in: Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exhibition, 2015
Survey of Library Services at Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms:...
Survey of Library Services at Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms:...
This paper reports on the findings of a national survey of the library services available at Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Designs Firms. In mid-October 2002 a survey was mailed to all 500 firms. The survey was in two parts. One part was to be completed by a principal in the firm. The second part was to be completed by the degreed librarian (holding a Masters in Library Science or its equivalent) if the firm employed one. The return rate was 21.8% (n=109). The findings indicated that 74.4% of responding design firms do not employ a degreed librarian. In 79% of those firms engineers get information on their own. This situation, along with other results to be presented, seems to suggest that information literacy instruction should be included in the engineering curriculum.
Survey of Library Services at Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms:...
Survey of Library Services at Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms:...
In October 2004 a survey was mailed to the Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design firms asking about their information resources and whether there was a degreed librarian on staff. The article resulting from this research (Napp 2004) has been widely cited in the literature in the past decade. In light of the economic crisis in the United States during the decade since 2004, it was decided that a follow up survey to learn what had changed would be useful.The goal of both surveys was to assess the state of library services in US design firms. The 2004 and the 2014 surveys were mailed to the most current Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design firms mailing list available. Findings from the current survey help illuminate the information landscape into which engineering students enter after graduation. These findings can and should help inform current information literacy practices of academic engineering librarians., Previously published in Science and Technology Libraries (2017): vol. 36, issue 3, pp. 288-295
The University Of Toledo And Civilian Defense Training During WWII
The University Of Toledo And Civilian Defense Training During WWII
During WWII many US colleges and universities administered college-level training for those interested in working in defense industries. This training was federally funded. Many women and minorities who would otherwise have never enrolled in college courses took part in this training. The College of Engineering at the University of Toledo was a participating institution., Previously published in: Northwest Ohio History (2009), vol. 77, no. 1: pp. 20-28
Using Clinical Apps to Access and to Decipher Information: A Pilot Study
Using Clinical Apps to Access and to Decipher Information: A Pilot Study
"Evidence Based Practice (EBP) encourages health professionals to consider not only the patient history and test results, but also to investigate the latest treatments, research, and available medications.1 Librarians often teach EBP classes within health professional programs. In 2013, Jonathan Eldredge discussed the importance of adapting content and activities in EBP classes to fit into the fast-paced health professionals curricula.2 In 2015, a Minnesota Medicine article discussed the incorporation of tablets, phones, and electronic devices into the daily routine and practice of health professionals.3 During orientation for many first year health professional programs, students begin working with the Electronic Health Record, Simulation Centers, Clinical Applications (Clinical Apps), and other technology used by currently practicing health professionals. When teaching EBP classes, the trend is to teach basic skills but not incorporate Clinical Apps into activities. If the content of EBP classes was revised to include Clinical Apps and other skills immediately relevant to health professional programs, students would be better prepared for clinical years of study. Results indicate that some incorporation of Clinical Apps is starting to occur within EBP classes. 1.Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. www.cebm.net. Accessed April 28, 2017. 2.Eldredge JD, Bear DG, Wayne SJ, Perea PP. Student peer assessment in evidence-based medicine (EBM) searching skills training: an experiment. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013;101(4):244-251. 3.Baker NJ, Beattie J. How Your Smartphone or Tablet Can Make You a Smarter Doc. Minn Med.2015;98(8):31-34.", Presented at: 2017 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Conference, May 26-31, 2017; Seattle, WA

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