Available Until 6/30/2027

Practical Skills and Tips for Research: From Proposal to Presenting


For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Skye Bickett <skyebi@pcom.edu>.

This face-to-face course will give participants practical tips and tools in order to complete a research project while still doing their day job. Taking a workshop approach, this course will allow participants to prepare and plan on completing a research project with actionable steps to move forward with at their library. Research methods will be discussed along with recommendations on the IRB process, surveys, statistics, funding resources, and potential presentation/publication opportunities.

Learning Objectives

Participants will become familiar with and gain an understanding of:

1) how to define a topic;

2) how to identify needs for information, tools, and support;

3) the basic types of research;

4) the IRB process;

5) writing and administering surveys;

6) basic statistics resources and use of Excel to analyze statistics;

7) need and resources for funding; and

8) potential presentation/publication opportunities.


5 minutes: Introductions and objectives 
5 minutes: The importance of research to the library profession
10 minutes: Selecting and defining a topic
15 minutes: Identifying information needs and tools
15 minutes: Support from leadership and mentors
25 minutes: Group Activity
20 minutes: Types of research
15 minutes: IRB approval
10 minutes: Break
15 minutes: Funding
20 minutes: Gathering and analyzing data
20 minutes: Presenting your research
25 minutes: Group Activity
20 minutes: Publishing articles
10 minutes: Other options for reporting results
10 minutes: Wrap-up & evaluation

Facility Requirements

Wifi, computer with Office Suite or computer hook-up, projector, screen, outlets.

MLA CE Credits: 4