Library working to meet graduate student needs
Library working to meet graduate student needs

November 12, 2008

As the number of graduate students on the University of Lethbridge campus increases, the Library is working
to keep pace with both programs and collections.
“Undergraduates can get most of their assistance at the Library’s Information and Research Assistance Desk. Grad students might benefit more from consulting with their subject librarian,” librarian Judy Vogt says.
“The research they do is much more in-depth. It really is much more like faculty research as opposed to undergraduate
research.”
To that end, the library is continuing to expand its selection of graduate studies programming.
“We’ve been offering these sessions for a number of years but they were offered mostly to science grad students,”
Vogt says. “Now we’re finding the numbers have grown across the disciplines.”
Workshops geared towards graduate students include database tutorials, sessions on evidence-based resources for Health Sciences research, and workshops on preparing their manuscripts for publication. Next semester’s programming includes: workshops for research in the Arts & Humanities; Finding and Using Government Documents and Data; and Cochrane Literature Reviews in the Health Sciences.
Graduate students need to delve much deeper into their area of study and perform more exhaustive literature reviews. Librarians can help in the process by enhancing search techniques, highlighting new products, and introducing citation management tools.
“It’s important that grad students know that we exist,” says Vogt.
“It’s also important for them to know that they can come to us at any time in their research process.”
She encourages graduate students to consult with a librarian early in their research and then periodically as needed. Each librarian specializes in one or more subjects and students can profit from that experience.
“As subject specialist librarians, we understand the process of scholarly communication through which scholars share and publish their research findings, as well as how this information is disseminated and indexed through journal article databases
and library catalogues,” Vogt says.
“The information that grad students need is readily available, it’s just a matter of learning how to best access the resources.”
Vogt adds that they can even help those students whose area of study is somewhat obscure.
“Even if I don’t know anything about the topic they are researching, as a librarian, I do know how the information is indexed and I can steer them to where they can find it,” she says.
For information on upcoming graduate studies programming and workshops offered by the library, see www.uleth.ca/lib


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