February 2010 Archives

Libraries Workshops partnering with Graduate School

The University Libraries are working with the graduate school on a pilot program to offer a "Grad Commons"--basically a space on campus where graduate students can work and meet. The idea for this semester is to offer a workshop early in the week then have a corresponding time on the following Friday for individuals consultations. Here are our offerings: 

Tricks of the Trade: Conducting Efficient Library and Web Research
Date:
February 23, 2010
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Walter Library

There are many tools available from the University Libraries and the web that can increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a researcher. Learn how to use these to help narrow your topic, research your literature review, and fill in research gaps. This workshop will include mini-versions of popular Library workshops including "How do I know I have found Everything?," "Introduction to Citation Managers," "Google for Researchers" and more.

Individual consultation on conducting efficient library and web research is offered through Friday Grad Commons.

Presenters:

  • Kate Peterson, University Libraries
  • Kristen Mastel, University Libraries

Publishing Your Science Research Article
Date: March 2, 2010
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

This workshop, intended for graduate students in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.

Individual consultation on publishing is offered through Friday Grad Commons.

Presenters:

  • Kris Fowler, University Libraries
  • Jody Kempf, University Libraries

Friday Graduate Student Commons
Location: N-119 Elliott Hall, East bank
The "Friday Grad Commons" is a collaboration of multiple units across campus to provide students with a quiet space in which to write/read and to also consult with staff and faculty on a wide range of topics related to the graduate student experience. Each Friday will feature a specific topic and University staff and faculty with expertise on that topic will be available for individual consultations.

February 26
10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quiet space
1:00-4:00 p.m. Individual consultations--Efficient library and web research
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/gradcommons/feb26/

March 5
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quiet space
1:00-4:00 p.m. Individual consultations--Getting publishing (quiet space starts at 10:30 a.m.)
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/gradcommons/mar05/


Doing Research like a professor

Writing a Paper? Try These 7 Research Tips
February 10, 2010 05:39 PM ET | Lynn F. Jacobs, Jeremy S. Hyman
<a href="http://www.usnews.com/blogs/professors-guide/2010/02/10/writing-a-paper-try-these-7-research-tips.html">http://www.usnews.com/blogs/professors-guide/2010/02/10/writing-a-paper-try-these-7-research-tips.html</a>

Once in a while you get hit with it: the 15- to 25-page research paper, also called the term paper or semester project. This is your chance to join the community of the 20 percent or so of college professors who are actually doing research. How do they do it? And how can you? Have a look at our seven best tips for doing research like a professor:

1. Start from where you are.
2. Think E.
3. Discover WorldCat.
4. Learn the shortcuts.
5. Use the resources that live and breathe.
6. Learn about ILL.
7. Look for "gateway" sources.

Jerilyn published in Portal

A Process Approach to Defining Services for Undergraduates
Melissa Kalpin Prescott and Jerilyn R. Veldof
portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2010), pp. 29-56.

Congrats, Jerilyn!

Find out more on PRCs

PRC Open Houses
Come and meet the Peer Research Consultants and talk to Jody Gray and Kate Peterson about this program at this open house.  Please encourage all staff to stop by.
When: February 22, 2009 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Wilson Library S30A


When: March 1, 2010 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Appleby 169


The Peer Research Consultants (PRC) program's goal is to support FYW students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writing. The PRCs build on skills learned in the Unravel the Library workshops.

New for spring:
  • Evening drop-in hours available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with daily drop-in hours Monday-Friday in Wilson Library, Walter Library, and Appleby Hall (Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence).
  • Students can get a certificate to show they have worked with the PRCs. This can be useful for giving points or extra credit.
  • The PRCs are available for class visits and/or we can send you fliers for class distribution.
How many students were seen in fall?
  • The PRCs met with over 60 students in fall semester-this exceeded our estimates for this new program.
  • Over 60% of students were in WRIT 1301 and 3% from WRIT 1201
  • In general, students met with PRCs for over 30 minutes for in-depth guidance
What did students have to say about the PRCs?
Here are some quotes from students this fall:
  • "She was very helpful when I was looking for specific information on the library website. She explained the website very well and gave excellent tips!"
  • "He was very helpful in  helping me figure out what I wanted to write my paper on and where I could find the sources. Afterwards I was able to understand my paper."
  • "Approachable advising that assisted me with furthering my research goals; very useful."
How do students find out about the PRCs?
  • Over 50% of the students heard about the program from FYW instructors.
For more information visit: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc. The PRCs are also linked from the Undergraduate Virtual Library (http://www.lib.umn.edu/undergrad/).

Jody Gray published in C&RL News!

"A Different Approach to Diversity Outreach: Partnerships and Collaboration at the University of Minnesota" was just published in the February 2010 issue of College & Research Libraries News.

In it, Jody discusses her unique position bridging the University Libraries and the U's Office for Equity and Diversity, including its benefits and drawbacks.

Congratulations Jody!



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