RCT librarian shame

In Evidence-Based Librarianship on March 19, 2008 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , ,

The open access, online journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, recently reviewed and did a commentary on the first RCT in librarianship: “Do Clinical Librarians Matter? The First Randomized Controlled Trial in Librarianship” (PDF), published back in 1981. The commentator, in his final paragraph, summed up:

The Marshall and Neufeld study stands out as the only RCT to evaluate a clinical librarian program […] it seems most noteworthy that our profession has failed even to utilize a single RCT since then to answer what our profession considers to be the important question on the efficacy of clinical librarian programs!

I mean, he’s got a point, hasn’t he…


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