Tuesday, 29th January 2013
New Roles for New Times: Research Library Services for Graduate Students
Source: Association of Research Libraries
From the Introduction:
Research universities are increasingly concerned with building comprehensive programs for their graduate students that focus on quality of life, professional development opportunities, and alternatives to traditional career routes, in addition to curriculum and academic development. They are building communities of support, providing spaces that meet the demands of today’s curriculum and technologies, creating forums for students to present research, and developing opportunities that foster both independent and collaborative work. Universities are also working to help graduates compete in a global economy. Pressured to keep down costs, and facing competition from for-profit higher education, universities are developing new models for maintaining high-quality services and high productivity. The research library must be a key partner in this changing environment.
The rise of master’s programs at research institutions, along with changes in teaching and learning practices, graduate student lifestyles, multidisciplinary research practices, and new forms of scholarly communication, constitute additional evidence of transformation of the graduate student experience. Internal to libraries, drivers of change include diminishing financial resources, changing patterns of collections usage, and increasingly entrepreneurial librarians. Taken together, they present challenges and opportunities for research libraries to think about graduate students in a new way.
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By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes is currently an Information Services Librarian with the London Borough of Havering.
In this role, he has particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by Free Pint Ltd. in 2007. He is also involved in training and publicising online reference resources and is a regular contributor to DocuTicker.
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