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Research students and IL: the Surrey experience. Downham

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Research students and IL: the Surrey experience. Downham

  1. 1. Research Students and IL The Surrey Experience Gill Downham Academic Liaison Librarian University Library
  2. 2. The Background • Roberts Review (2002) • RCUK (2001) • QAA Code of Practice (2004) • Research Information Network Reports (2007, 2008)
  3. 3. • 2 ‘strands’ to research skills in the University Library: • PGSDP – generic skills • ‘Problem solving’ and presentation • Academic Liaison Librarians – specific skills • Finding and using information • Organisation The current picture
  4. 4. The research • Action research project for PGCAP award • Focus group involving PGSDP and Academic Liaison Librarians teams • Student questionnaire – Very small sample – Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences only
  5. 5. The results – what students need? • Basic ‘start-up’ skills • More timetabled sessions • Follow-up to sessions • Contact throughout their courses • Not just ‘problem fixing’ but value-adding sessions • More uniform approach from Faculties • A more pro-active approach from the teams
  6. 6. The results – what students want ALLs: • Additional help with electronic resources • More advanced searching skills • Web 2.0 training PGSDP: • 1-2-1 sessions • Referencing • Subject-specific sessions
  7. 7. The Future • More seamless service • Greater visibility • Broaden scope of skills teaching – Interactive Web 2.0 pages – Podcasts • Formulating research strategies • Re-run survey
  8. 8. Any Questions?

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