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ďAs Carol's interests in EBIP continued to evolve, she undertook INLS 310-096, an independent study class on EBIP with me during the summer and fall. This gave us both the opportunity to look more deeply into this emerging trend in LIS. Carol developed an online tutorial to introduce EBIP to the profession. As a way of beginning to evaluate the tutorial it was used as part of INLS 210-096, my Intermediate Selected Topics that was offered in Fall 2005. Although Carol was a student in the class, she played an active role in the course design and teaching and this has formed the basis for my evaluation of her performance in the class. Carol did an excellent job of presenting background to the tutorial material in class and working with the students. Carol used student feedback to continually improve the tutorial content. She stimulated student discussion and gave valuable feedback to students on exercises that were embedded in the tutorials. I will be giving Carol an honors grade in both of these courses since she exceeded expectations in both.Ē

letter from Joanne Marshall to Claudia Gollop December 11, 2005, for 18-hour review.



Hi Carol,


I'm sorry I couldn't attend the first hour of the learning break yesterday, but I enjoyed the second half!  It was fun and informative.  Thanks for doing that for us!



(from a participant in the Duke Learning Break on EBL)


The following is my assessment of Carol Perrymanís teaching effectiveness. My comments are based on observations from two in-service sessions presented by Carol that I attended last year, Evidence Based Librarianship, on 8/4/05, and a session on working with Consumer and Patient Health Information questions, on 8/11/05.

The Evidence Based Librarianship session included a brief introduction to Evidence Based Medicine by Connie Schardt, followed by Carolís discussion of Evidence Based Librarianship. Carol reviewed the principles of evidence-based practice in a clear and concise manner. To effectively reinforce her points, Carol also provided an example of the application of EBL to a research question she had formulated. A key article on EBL was provided well before session to help attendees get up to speed, and a bibliography was included in the materials distributed during the session for follow up reading.

Topics covered in the consumer health session included a review of key resources, interview techniques, and how and when to refer a question to another staff member or health care provider. Carol did an excellent job facilitating a discussion on questions to think about, elements of the interview, available resources, and issues of concern. This session was so well received, that a follow-up session was requested by the staff to focus more on how to use selected consumer health information resources.

My impressions of the two sessions described above were very positive. The organization of the content was well thought out, and Carolís delivery method was effective and engaging. She displayed genuine enthusiasm and a well-developed depth of knowledge on both subjects. Overall, I believe that the staff benefited from the two sessions Ė we all learned some new things, and we enjoyed getting to know Carol better.

Rick Peterson, Deputy Director
Medical Center Library, 103 Seeley G. Mudd Building
DUMC 3702, Durham, NC 27710
voice: (919) 660-1147 fax: (919) 681-7599



Hey Carol,

I thought I would ask you for your take on the evidence base that exists
in library science. I remember that last semester that you knew about
how many case-control and systematic reviews existed in our profession
and well - as debate on this evidence-based practice thing with my peers
heats up, I can't for the life of me remember those stats. If you know,
would you pass the information back to me... I mean if I'm not an
evidence-based debater, I'm not really much of an advocate.


(From a student in the classroom course on EBL)




Evaluations from a learning break I conducted at the Duke University Medical Center Library on Evidence-based Librarianship.




Carol Perryman and I have been acquainted since the winter of 2000, when I began working with her at the Corinth Branch of Johnson County Library in Prairie Village, Kansas. We actually knew one another several months before that, because I had been coming into the branch on an almost daily basis to use the Internet. I found her kindness and great sense of humor to be very appealing. Carol and I became friends during my brief 7 months at Corinth, and I was very sad (for us) when she took a position in Illinois in the summer of 2000.

In the fall of 2000, I began a masterís program in psychology at the University of Kansas. I stayed in touch with Carol through phone and e-mail. By the winter of 2000, I was fairly disillusioned with my graduate program, and decided to make the switch to library and information science. By this point Carol had nearly finished her MLS, and was able to provide me much perspective. Circumstances prevented me from beginning my own MLS program until the fall of 2003. But I am happy to report that I will graduate next month with my Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbiaís School of Information Science & Learning Technologies.

Carol Perryman has been a mentor to me in sharing her deep knowledge of librarianship. She gives me candid career advice, and is a great personal friend as well. Carol is my oldest acquaintance in the library world, I value her input, and I look forward to corresponding with her both as a  friend and professional colleague for many years to come.

Comment from a mentee who is currently completing his MLS at the University of Missouri, Columbia.



James - an entry from 2003, from my private journal.