• Understanding the information-seeking behavior of pharmacy college faculty, staff, and students: Implications for improving embedded librarian services

      Kamada, H.; Martin, J.R.; Slack, M.K.; Kramer, S.S.; Pharmacy Practice and Science College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona; Research & Learning, Arizona Health Sciences Library, The University of Arizona (Medical Library Association, 2021)
      Objective: Research was conducted on the embedded librarian program at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the Health Sciences Library to understand how this service is relevant to users and identify the potential for further improvement. This study examined users’ information-seeking behaviors and considered the implications for the effectiveness of the embedded librarian service. Methods: The authors conducted 18 semi-structured interviews of faculty, researchers, and students at the College of Pharmacy to obtain descriptive accounts of how they seek information, manage information, and use the library and library services. The authors examined the interview transcripts through qualitative descriptive analysis. Results: The interview responses confirm that users seek information outside of the physical library and tend to ask their peers for information or assistance in obtaining information. They mostly feel comfortable in searching, but some of them may lack sufficient search skills and tend to use a few known databases. While those who are familiar with the librarian seek the librarian’s assistance more often, others tend not to seek the librarian’s assistance. The ways they manage information vary, which requires customized assistance. Conclusions: The close proximity of a physically embedded librarian is beneficial to users and positions the librarian to provide proactive assistance in the existing user information-seeking behavior environment. While some users do not seek assistance, the embedded librarian can provide proactive assistance in such areas as making users aware of other database options and helping them choose relevant databases and effectively manage information. © 2021, Medical Library Association. All rights reserved.
    • Updating search strategies for literature reviews with OUR2D2: An open-source computer application

      Lohr, A.M.; Van Gorden, N.; McClelland, D.J.; Dubinsky, E.; Gerald, L.B.; Wilkinson-Lee, A.; Carvajal, S.C.; Health Promotion Sciences Department, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries; Department of Mexican American Studies, University of Arizona, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Medical Library Association, 2021)
      Background: While writing a scoping review, we needed to update our search strategy. We wanted to capture articles generated by our additional search terms and articles published since our original search. Simultaneously, we strove to optimize project resources by not rescreening articles that had been captured in our original results. Case presentation: In response, we created Open Update Re-run Deduplicate (OUR2D2), a computer application that allows the user to compare search results from a variety of library databases. OUR2D2 supports extensible markup language (XML) files from EndNote and comma-separated values (CSV) files using article titles for comparisons. We conducted unit tests to ensure appropriate functionality as well as accurate data extraction and analysis. We tested OUR2D2 by comparing original and updated search results from PubMed, Embase, Clarivate Web of Science, CINAHL, Scopus, ProQuest Dissertation and Theses, and Lens and estimate that this application saved twenty-one hours of work during the screening process. Conclusions: OUR2D2 could be useful for individuals seeking to update literature review strategies across fields without rescreening articles from previous searches. Because the OUR2D2 source code is freely available with a permissive license, we recommend this application for researchers conducting literature reviews who need to update their search results over time, want a powerful and flexible analysis framework, and may not have access to paid subscription tools. © 2021, Medical Library Association. All rights reserved.