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Collaboration of Writing and Research Services in the Library

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By Jess Bellemer and Steph Teasley, Hood Theological Seminary

Presented on March 11, 2015 for the Trends in Outreach and Collaboration portion of the NCLA-RASS Conference Series--Trends in Reference 2015.

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Collaboration of Writing and Research Services in the Library

  1. 1. Much Ado About CommunicationCollaboration between research and writingservices in libraries Jess Bellemer and Steph Teasley
  2. 2. Services at Hood Library 0 Writing center as a library service 0 Services breakdown 0 Writing - Steph 0 Research - Jess 0 Serving the Hood Theological Seminary community 0 200 FTE 0 Masters and doctoral students only 0 Student needs
  3. 3. Research and Writing Appointments 0 We accept walk-ins but prefer students to make appointments. Appointments streamline our process 0 We use Setmore for appointments 0 http://hoodwritingcenter.setmore.com/ 0 Both research and writing services listed together
  4. 4. Evaluating Student Need 0 Many of our students don’t see the line between research and writing so evaluation is key 0 Questions to get them the correct assistance 0 What are you working on today? 0 What have you done so far? 0 What would you like to accomplish in the next 50 minutes?
  5. 5. Open Communication 0 It is the key! 0 Regularly discuss student progress 0 Design game plans for working with specific students addressing their specific needs
  6. 6. Joint Appointments 0 When necessary, we hold appointments together 0 We let the student talk about the project and evaluate the necessary steps together 0 Usually, following appointments will be individual
  7. 7. Challenges
  8. 8. Misunderstanding Services Problem: Students don’t always understand the difference between writing and research services. Solutions: Publicity, flexibility, communicating with them and the faculty
  9. 9. Student Expectations Challenge: Some students expect if they come to us, they will get an A automatically. Solution: Get students to focus on skill- building, rather than magic fixes.
  10. 10. Faculty Referrals Challenge: The language faculty use to refer students to us can be vague and confusing. i.e. “Have the writing center look over your paper.” Solution: Provide faculty with information on language that will be informative to the student and to us. i.e. “You need a more narrow thesis statement.”
  11. 11. Distance Challenge: 90% of our students commute. Many are hesitant to drive in for research and writing appointments. Solution: Focus on providing quality services to students via the phone and email.
  12. 12. Practical Applications
  13. 13. Collaborate on Information Literacy and Appointments 0 Meet with a writing instructor to get suggestions on incorporating writing skills in information literacy 0 Don’t be afraid to have a joint appointment!
  14. 14. Create Publicity Together 0 Publicize writing and research services in the same space. 0 Advertise joint events with the benefits of getting writing and research support
  15. 15. Communication! 0 Be aware of each other! 0 Discuss common problems and how you’re addressing those
  16. 16. Contact us! Jess: jbellemer@hoodseminary.edu Steph: steasley@hoodseminary.edu

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