Report from the 2/19/2010 Research Methods Workshop

Forty librarians from both Oregon and Washington attended the Research Methods Workshop put on by the Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group on Friday, February 19 at OHSU’s West Campus ( By all accounts, it was a successful event and most people seemed to go away with new ideas about doing library research.

Below are just a few of the comments from the feedback received from the 34 participants who responded to the evaluation survey:

“Excellent workshop! I am not currently doing a research project but have been considering it. This introduction has helped me to understand what I need to do to get started and the tools I should consider in developing the research project. Thank you!”

“Presenter did an excellent job of taking a very complex topic and digesting it for us into a manageable chunk.”

“It would be nice to start a discussion on the A-Rig list about the workshop to see if people have research questions they plan to pursue and that we can chat about.”

“It was a great refresher on qualitative (and quantitative) research methods. Well tailored for the audience. She’s terrific! Thanks.”

If you are interested in participating in these kinds of events in the future, please visit the Orbis Cascade Alliance Research Interest Group site and sign up for the listserv. Also consider signing up for the wiki: If you have questions about the group you can also email Laura Zeigen ( or Robin Paynter (

Many thanks to Dr. Renee Heath of University of Portland for conducting this event, to West Campus for the facilities, and to Elephant’s Deli for the yummy food!

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