Way of finding out how many people think this was by show of hands More than 500 Between 500-250 Between 250-100 Less then a 100 Same question for De Focus This is why we do this, to spread the knowledge and teach students about that. What De Focus is we will get to soon.
We often see the Thesis as a Summative assessment, which don’t get me wrong, it is. But we see it as ONLY that. While a thesis can be a lot more than that. For some, their thesis opens new doors for work after their study. Can be a resume or a next step or a chance to learn about how they present information and their growth in that afterwards
And it really is a process afterwards. Students graduating right now will be doing jobs that haven’t even been invented yet!
And the idea of presenting your thesis to other groups of people also lines up with the 21st Century Skills. Especially Communication and Social Awareness are relevant in the Competencies.
The ACRL Framework talks about it as well. Information Literacy is more than just consuming information, it’s also about making information, collaborating on information and sharing information.
Collaboration of library and students: increasing outreach of the student thesis
Collaboration of Library & Students
Increasing OUTREACH of the Student’s Thesis
Sylvia Moes & Rogier van de Blaak
Thom Hamer (De Focus)
Article in database
Article via de Focus on
Are we ready to help students with
development of 21st Century Skills?
Understand that different methods of information
dissemination with different purposes are available for their
Contribute to scholarly conversation at an appropriate level
(local, online, undergraduate research journal/conference,
Decide how and where their information is published
Understand how and why some individuals or groups may be
underrepresented or marginalized by information systems
Scholarship as Conversation
Information has Value
Information Creation as a Process
Chair of platform De Focus
• Publication platform for thesis
• Help from editors
Sketch out your situation
• Money, time&benefits
Design interactive workshops
Ready for Succes? Scaling up?
Train the Trainers
Coordinate & Manage
Evaluation process, stakeholders
1. Start small & Keep it simple
2. Appoint a Coordinator
3. Which faculty at your University
would be open to this?
4. Use existing tools and platforms
5. Make a plan to train the trainers
6. PR materials
7. Look for positive side effects
8. Think about important channels
and platforms to gain more
Re-use online modules?
Go to outreach module in
Thanks for your attention
… let’s stay in touch
Rogier van de Blaak