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ALA Midwinter meeting & presentations

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group meeting will be held on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at Sheraton Denver (1550 Court Place) room # Governor’s Sq 16.

I am pleased to announce the following lightening talks below. The lightening talks will be followed by 20 minutes Q & A at the conclusion of all of the presentations.


1. Graduate Student Success: A Study of Library Impact in the Process Toward Degree Attainment

Lis Pankl, Head of Graduate & Undergraduate Services

Marie Paiva, Graduate & Undergraduate Services Librarian

University of Utah

Graduate students face many obstacles in their pursuit of advanced degrees. Support services at colleges and universities can make a significant impact for graduate students in their progress toward degree attainment. This study will use qualitative methodology to measure the library’s impact in degree attainment for graduate students. We will use our two big events in spring semester 2018, a Graduate Student Social and a Dissertation/Thesis Writing Boot Camp, to recruit students for a focus group during the spring semester. This presentation will outline our research methods in detail including a sample of focus group questions and discuss any preliminary findings.



2. A Qualitative Study: Serving the Needs of International Music Graduate Students

Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian

Cleveland State University

International students represent an important and growing segment of the population which academic libraries serve. However, little research has been done to discover how to best serve the needs of international music students in particular. This study uses a series of unstructured interviews to determine the needs and preferences of international music graduate students, especially as they conduct research using the library. The results will illuminate ways that music department librarians, faculty, and administrators can better serve international graduate students in an ever-increasingly global educational environment.



3. Information Literacy Skills Retention and Use by Healthcare Professionals: A Longitudinal Survey

Hal Loewen, College of Rehabilitation Sciences Librarian

Janet Rothney, College of Dentistry Librarian

University of Manitoba


This study uses a longitudinal survey to measure information literacy skills acquired during the graduate programs of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and diploma in Dental Hygiene at the University of Manitoba and to measure the retention and use of those skills one year into professional practice. Information literacy has been identified as an important skill set for university students, as well as a required skill in professional competencies for the health disciplines included in this study. Participants will be assessed at three points in time: beginning of the program, at graduation, and as early professionals. At each point, participants will be invited to complete a short demographic survey and a test on information literacy. Responses to the surveys and tests will be tabulated by cohort and data analyzed for trends across time. The study will not be analyzing performance between disciplines, as the academic programs are not comparable. Results from this project will be used to inform the structure and content of information literacy training to support both educational and professional needs of the three health profession program. Data collection for this project is in the third year of a four year cycle, designed to capture two full cohorts. We are currently beginning data coding and anticipate full data analysis to occur in 2019.



4. Serving Graduate Students at a Distance: What Masters’ Level Libraries Are Doing

Beatriz Hardy, Dean of Libraries and Instructional Resources

Salisbury University

Does your university or college enroll graduate students who take their classes online or at satellite campuses? Is your library doing everything you can to support them? How do other academic libraries provide services for those students? Find out how the libraries at master’s level institutions support these distance students, based on the results of a survey of the library directors. The respondents have graduate student populations of anywhere from 100 to 3000, primarily earning master’s degrees, and overall student populations of 500 to 20,000. The students’ needs and the libraries’ resources and services are quite different from those at large doctoral-granting institutions. The survey results should give you some idea of how your library compares and what other services you might provide.