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    Qualitative Research Data Management PA5041
    (2019) McBurney, Jenny; Hunt, Shanda
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    Tell your research story: visualization, design, and messaging
    (2021-06) Hunt, Shanda L
    This 90-minute presentation introduces the audience to data visualization as a research dissemination strategy, highlighting techniques like storytelling, design principles, targeted messaging, and ethics and accessibility.
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    Elevating Engagement with Health Sciences Faculty: The Implementation of Research Sprints at the University of Minnesota
    (2019-05) Hunt, Shanda; Brown, Sarah Jane; McBurney, Jenny
    The University of Minnesota Libraries adopted Research Sprints as an innovative faculty engagement approach. The primary goal was to offer faculty the opportunity to partner with a team of expert librarians on a specific research or pedagogical project during an intensive 4-day period, and differed from traditional consultations in timing and depth of interaction. A secondary goal was to solidify the status of librarians as valuable collaborators. The Libraries hosted two iterations of Research Sprints in May of 2017 and 2018 and evaluated both using surveys and reflection. Of the 30 applications received, five were from the health sciences, one of which was selected for participation in the Sprints. This project led to the creation of a website that houses freely-available resources for eight public health topics and numerous professional development tutorials. Faculty not selected were contacted for collaboration on their proposal outside of the Sprint setting. These proposals (Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing) led to face-to-face consults and comprehensive literature reviews, and continue to be ongoing collaborations.
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    Information Literacy of Online Health Consumers in Minnesota
    (2018-09) Hunt, Shanda; Theis-Mahon, Nicole; Chew, Katherine
    In the United States 72% of Internet users look online to find health information, with some being high quality and other information dangerous. The University of Minnesota is a land grant institution, and the Health Sciences Libraries have a strong outreach role, educating health information consumers across Minnesota about high quality resources. In 2016, we conducted a study at the Minnesota State Fair to identify where Minnesotans find online health information, how they use it, their confidence in assessing it, and what they think is missing. Convenience sampling yielded a total of 255 participants who valued the ability to access OHI and used it for a variety of purposes. A high percentage of participants thought they had the knowledge, skills, and confidence to navigate OHI, yet were uncertain about indicators of quality. They felt that current resources lacked personalization and evidence-based information. Our study recommendations on further educational outreach around online health information include promotion of interactive educational websites, partnerships with public libraries to host large-scale education sessions on the topic, and skill building around assessment of health websites.
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    Information Science Solutions to Communicating Public Health Research Findings to the Public
    (2018-05) Bakker, Caitlin; Hunt, Shanda
    We conducted a needs assessment of public health researchers November 2016 - January 2017. The aims of the study were to capture the evolving needs, opportunities, and challenges of public health researchers in the current environment and provide actionable recommendations. Participants (N=24) were recruited through convenience sampling and one-on-one interviews were audio recorded. Qualitative analyses were conducted using NVivo 11. The data revealed that researchers recognized the need to communicate the significance of public health research findings to the public, yet felt they lacked the skills and resources necessary. Many researchers questioned the value of making articles, research data, and other outputs openly available. They expressed their frustration in trying to make complex data sets and research findings easily digestible by broad audiences. Finally, they did not make the connection between their professional marketing activities and dissemination. Information professionals can assist public health researchers in modernizing and broadening their dissemination practices by considering alternative forums, such as repositories and open education resources, and by utilizing formats, such as data visualizations, that more effectively convey research findings. Libraries can also introduce researchers to plain language summaries of research outputs and ways in which social media is being used to communicate to the public. These strategies could advance public health communication to the public, practitioners, and policymakers, as well as contribute to open science.
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    How Data and Publishing Intersect for Public Health Researchers
    (2018-03-22) Hunt, Shanda L; Bakker, Caitlin J
    We conducted a needs assessment of public health researchers November 2016 - January 2017. The aims of the study were to capture the evolving needs, opportunities, and challenges of public health researchers in the current environment and provide actionable recommendations. Participants (N=24), whose interests ranged from statistics to social sciences, were recruited through convenience sampling, and qualitative analyses were conducted using NVivo 11 Pro. Six themes emerged - two focused on data management and publishing. Overall, data management was an afterthought for participants; most named at least one aspect that was significant to them, but they did not grasp the breadth of data management or its long-term importance. This lead to frustration with data sharing mandates, as they were unprepared when it came time to submit the data to a repository. Participants also had a preference for publishing articles via traditional methods; simultaneously, they placed a high value on disseminating their research findings beyond articles and did so via multiple avenues, including presentations, webinars, white papers, stakeholder reports, and code sharing. They expressed interest in new ways of disseminating their work which included data sharing, social media, and data visualizations. This presentation will detail the intersection of these findings and outline strategies to mitigate challenges and support researchers in their dissemination of research data in the publication process.
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    My Doctor Said What?!: Identifying and Assessing Online Health Information Resources
    (2017-05) Theis-Mahon, Nicole; Hunt, Shanda
    The University of Minnesota (UMN) Libraries conducted a study on Minnesotans' use of online health information, surveying them about sources, purpose of use, confidence around navigational and quality assessment skills, and gaps in current online health information. Participants were surveyed at the UMN Driven2Discover research building at the Minnesota State Fair. Analyses revealed Minnesotans placed a high value on the ability to access health information online and used it for a variety of purposes. They perceived that they had the knowledge, skills, and confidence to navigate online health information, yet a high percentage were also unsure about proven quality indicators. The sample was skewed by a high number of respondents who were healthcare professionals.
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    Executive Summary Presented to the School of Public Health: Information Needs Assessment of Public Health Researchers
    (2017-09) Hunt, Shanda; Bakker, Caitlin
    A needs assessment was conducted by the University of Minnesota Libraries of School of Public Health faculty researchers. Qualitative analyses revealed unique information science needs, some misunderstandings, and a wealth of challenges. Librarians offered potential solutions to improve research processes.