Purpose – This paper seeks to probe key issues concerning library instruction and the problem‐based learning (PBL) curriculum. This is important because the curriculum has particular non‐traditional characteristics, and library instruction may be able to play a greater role, giving students more support in both their study and information‐seeking behaviour. Design/methodology/approach – The paper systemically surveyed and reviewed literatures related to library instruction, library user education and medical curriculum design. Findings – To sustainably integrate library instructional materials and activities into the PBL curriculum, it is important to help medical libraries to become learning organizations that can respond to changing external environments. Research limitations/implications – The paper presents a hybrid template of the instruction for different year medical students. The template can be an example for those who plan library instructional activities in medical schools. Originality/value – The paper also provides five strategies for the library to manage the previous task more smoothly and effectively. The strategies are: small group education; problems of the curriculum; librarians' re‐education and retraining; information literacy; and the faculty‐librarian partnerships.
Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 20, 2011
Keywords: Problem based learning; Library instruction; Medical libraries; Library user education
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