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LILAC 2018 Librarian Matchmakers Presentation (MacGregor_Chisnell) FINAL 18 March 2018.pptx (6.31 MB)
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Librarian Matchmakers: Using Speed Dating™ to Introduce Students to Library Databases

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posted on 2018-04-26, 00:00 authored by Jill ChisnellJill Chisnell, Teresa MacgregorTeresa Macgregor
The interactive workshop, "Librarian Matchmakers: Using Speed Dating™ to Introduce Students to Library Databases," was presented at LILAC 2018 in Liverpool, UK by Jill Chisnell of Carnegie Mellon University and Teresa MacGregor of Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar.

A cross between online dating apps and speed dating events, Speed Databasing gives students a chance to “meet” multiple databases during one class session. Librarians act as matchmakers by creating clever personal-ad style profiles for each database, and by reminding students that connecting with a database requires going beyond “first impressions” (i.e. the basic search page). Whether students find the “perfect match” for a current assignment or their “soulmate” in a database they will use throughout their academic career, Speed Databasing is an engaging and energizing approach to library resource instruction.




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