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Conference Proceeding

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Poster presentation for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNCMLA) 2023 Virtual Conference from November 8-9, 2023.

Nursing students encounter rigor, accelerated learning, time demands and high stress. Academic coursework, clinical rotations and personal issues contribute to the need for meaningful and effective support. This poster will overview the Appreciative Advising (AA) framework and describe how it can be applied to information literacy (IL) instruction, consultations and reference to address the unique needs of nursing students.

The AA framework was originally adapted from the organizational development theory, Appreciative Inquiry, and it aims to advise students through strengths-based support, collaboration, and Socratic questioning. The AA framework has six phases: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle. When applying the AA framework to IL, librarians use positive, mindful listening and questioning strategies to help uncover student strengths, get to the core of student motivations, co-construct action plans with students, and support students as they carry out their plans. This approach centers the student experience and amplifies student voice.

In addition to defining the AA framework, this poster addresses the following questions: What can health sciences liaison librarians learn from the AA model and how can they apply it to their own practice? How does the AA model align with ACRL’s own Framework for Information Literacy?