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The undergrads are coming, the undergrads are coming! Managing large-scale student research projects<br />Rebecca Goldman<...
Our HIST285 project<br />Research a technology at Drexel <br />Develop a thesis, and find supporting material in the Archi...
A HIST285 exhibit<br />
Why collaborate with an undergraduate class?<br />opportunity for outreach<br />learn new things about our collections<br ...
HIST285 by the numbers, Fall 2009<br />90+ student researchers<br />9 group projects<br />10-week quarter<br />And…2 full-...
Challenges in Fall 2009<br />tracking team research progress<br />scheduling researchers, interns and student workers<br /...
Managing the hordes:Solutions for Spring 2010<br />
JIRA<br />Bug-tracking software customized for tracking reference questions<br />
You can assign and schedule reference questions…<br />
…add attachments and comments…<br />
…track progress on a question…<br />
…and search the whole database.<br />
Google Calendar<br />Track researcher appointments, student and intern schedules, and archives closures on the same calend...
Google Spreadsheets<br />Track requests from off-site storage (on a small scale)<br />
Paper files<br />Folder for each group<br />Sign-in sheet to track when groups come, which members come, and what Archives...
Looking to the future<br />
Future plans for HIST285<br />More instruction on exhibition design<br />Have students blog about their experiences<br />F...
Thinking about working with an undergraduate class?<br />Recommend good research topics<br />Maintain contact with student...
What do students think? Some survey responses<br />All said archives research was at least “sort of fun.”<br />All said re...
“I'm a nerd and felt like Batman when I was doing it.”<br />
Contact info<br />Rebecca Goldman<br />	Digital Archives Technician, <br />Drexel University Archives<br />RebeccaGoldman@...
Thanks<br />Photo credit: Drexel University Archives<br />Drexel University Libraries<br />Dr. Erik Rau<br />Laurie Rizzo<...
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The undergrads are coming, the undergrads are coming! Managing large-scale student research projects

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The undergrads are coming, the undergrads are coming! Managing large-scale student research projects

  1. 1. The undergrads are coming, the undergrads are coming! Managing large-scale student research projects<br />Rebecca Goldman<br />Drexel University Archives<br />August 14, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Our HIST285 project<br />Research a technology at Drexel <br />Develop a thesis, and find supporting material in the Archives<br />Create a digital exhibition of findings on the Archives website<br />
  3. 3. A HIST285 exhibit<br />
  4. 4. Why collaborate with an undergraduate class?<br />opportunity for outreach<br />learn new things about our collections<br />support Library's mission<br />students are future alumni<br />stress test for our procedures<br />
  5. 5. HIST285 by the numbers, Fall 2009<br />90+ student researchers<br />9 group projects<br />10-week quarter<br />And…2 full-time Archives staff<br />
  6. 6. Challenges in Fall 2009<br />tracking team research progress<br />scheduling researchers, interns and student workers<br />tracking offsite storage requests<br />tracking scan requests<br />
  7. 7. Managing the hordes:Solutions for Spring 2010<br />
  8. 8. JIRA<br />Bug-tracking software customized for tracking reference questions<br />
  9. 9. You can assign and schedule reference questions…<br />
  10. 10. …add attachments and comments…<br />
  11. 11. …track progress on a question…<br />
  12. 12. …and search the whole database.<br />
  13. 13. Google Calendar<br />Track researcher appointments, student and intern schedules, and archives closures on the same calendar<br />
  14. 14. Google Spreadsheets<br />Track requests from off-site storage (on a small scale)<br />
  15. 15. Paper files<br />Folder for each group<br />Sign-in sheet to track when groups come, which members come, and what Archives staff need to do before the next visit<br />Scan request form <br />Paper materials generated during research (research notes, photocopies of materials, printouts of search results)<br />
  16. 16. Looking to the future<br />
  17. 17. Future plans for HIST285<br />More instruction on exhibition design<br />Have students blog about their experiences<br />Find ways to involve interns in the process<br />
  18. 18. Thinking about working with an undergraduate class?<br />Recommend good research topics<br />Maintain contact with students<br />Set multiple deadlines<br />Group projects suck<br />Manage expectations of the Archives<br />Manage your own expectations of students<br />Participate in creating assignments and grading<br />Be a partner in the research process<br />
  19. 19. What do students think? Some survey responses<br />All said archives research was at least “sort of fun.”<br />All said research took as much time or less time than they expected<br />Most common favorite part: seeing old documents and photographs<br />Used to keyword searching, and would have preferred to have more content available online<br />
  20. 20. “I'm a nerd and felt like Batman when I was doing it.”<br />
  21. 21. Contact info<br />Rebecca Goldman<br /> Digital Archives Technician, <br />Drexel University Archives<br />RebeccaGoldman@drexel.edu<br />http://www.library.drexel.edu/archives<br />
  22. 22. Thanks<br />Photo credit: Drexel University Archives<br />Drexel University Libraries<br />Dr. Erik Rau<br />Laurie Rizzo<br />Rob Sieczkiewicz<br />

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