January 2013 Archives

I am a sucker for this whiteboard style...Useful message for new grad students. Has anyone used this before/during instruction?
Peer Research Consultants (PRCs) are back for spring semester! Please share with students and instructors during instruction sessions, liaison communications and desk interactions!

Meet our Spring 2013 PRCs:
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  • The Peer Research Consultants provide one-on-one assistance to students to help them develop the research strategies needed to find sources for an excellent research paper.
  • We have drop-in hours in Walter SMART or in MCAE in Appleby Hall or students can make an appointment. Check schedule on the "Course Resources" tab or http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc
What are the PRCs?
The Peer Research Consultants provide one-on-one assistance to students to help them develop the research strategies needed for an excellent research paper. They can give students an overview of using the libraries for research, formulating a paper topic and search, helping students to find scholarly articles, books, and more. They are upper-level undergraduates who have gone through 10+ hours of training on using the libraries and helping students to do the same. 
Many students find it very helpful, including International students.

But why do we need both PRCs and librarians?
We know from the research, that undergraduates and especially first year students can be intimidated by the libraries and librarians. The PRCs work on a peer tutor model that is successful for a variety of disciplines. Often, first year students prefer to work with a fellow student than a librarian, who can be seen as an authority figure. The PRCs guide students to the subject librarians when needed and make it easier for students to set up that interaction.

What do students have to say about the PRCs?
  • "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."
The University of Minnesota Libraries have partnered with the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and the SMART Learning Commons to provide the PRC Program.

I love all the shots of all the spaces--great overview of building and services.


The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

  More at http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc/

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