Elevation through reflection: closing the circle to improve librarianship

Jolene M. Miller, Stephanie Friree Ford, Anna Yang

Abstract


Reflective practice is a strategy promoted as a way to improve professional performance and to develop expertise. Intentional reflection on work situations can lead to improved understanding of a specific situation, identify strategies for similar situations in the future, and uncover assumptions that hinder service to patrons. Research has identified lack of knowledge to be a barrier to health sciences librarians engaging in reflective practice. This article introduces the use of intentional reflection at work: what it is, how it helps, and how it can be applied in librarianship. It also provides practical advice on how to choose a format, how to use a model to guide reflection, and how to incorporate it into work.

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Reflective Practice; Reflective Writing; Reflection; Medical Librarians; Health Sciences Librarians; Practice Improvement

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