Type of Presentation

Panel

Target Audience

Higher Education

Location

Session Four Breakouts

Abstract

Graduate students have information literacy needs that are distinct from those of undergraduates and faculty. As they prepare for academic and professional careers, graduate students must acquire skills needed to conduct scholarly research; organize and work with information sources; and effectively communicate research findings. These competencies are often not addressed by the curricular content of their graduate programs. To help bridge this gap, library faculty at a public land grant university organized a one-day research skills boot camp. The boot camp’s workshops include sessions on locating scholarly sources, writing literature reviews, organizing citations, managing data, creating engaging presentations, and increasing scholarly impact. Student response to the weekend boot camp has been overwhelmingly positive, with 550 students attending six boot camps during 2019-2020. The presenters will share results from two studies they conducted to better understand the research needs of graduate students. The first study examines survey feedback from boot camp participants, and the second analyzes focus group interviews to gain additional insight about two subgroups of interest: international graduate students and non-traditional graduate students. Panel attendees interested in sponsoring a similar event will receive practical tips on event programming and registration, branding and promotion, and assessment. The presenters will also report on successful collaborations with campus partners focused on student success (e.g., graduate school, writing center, and teaching and learning center).

Presentation Description

To be successful, graduate students must acquire competencies often not addressed by their academic programs. These include skills needed to conduct scholarly research; organize and work with information sources; and effectively communicate research findings. To help bridge this gap, our library faculty organized a one-day research boot camp. Attendees interested in sponsoring a similar event will receive tips on event programming, promotion, and assessment. The presenters will also share survey and interview data they collected on graduate student research needs.

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Keywords

graduate students; international students; non-traditional students; graduate student success; graduate student professional development; boot camps; workshops; information literacy; academic libraries; campus partnerships

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 26th, 1:00 PM Mar 26th, 2:00 PM

Bridging the Skills Gap: A Boot Camp for Graduate Students

Session Four Breakouts

Graduate students have information literacy needs that are distinct from those of undergraduates and faculty. As they prepare for academic and professional careers, graduate students must acquire skills needed to conduct scholarly research; organize and work with information sources; and effectively communicate research findings. These competencies are often not addressed by the curricular content of their graduate programs. To help bridge this gap, library faculty at a public land grant university organized a one-day research skills boot camp. The boot camp’s workshops include sessions on locating scholarly sources, writing literature reviews, organizing citations, managing data, creating engaging presentations, and increasing scholarly impact. Student response to the weekend boot camp has been overwhelmingly positive, with 550 students attending six boot camps during 2019-2020. The presenters will share results from two studies they conducted to better understand the research needs of graduate students. The first study examines survey feedback from boot camp participants, and the second analyzes focus group interviews to gain additional insight about two subgroups of interest: international graduate students and non-traditional graduate students. Panel attendees interested in sponsoring a similar event will receive practical tips on event programming and registration, branding and promotion, and assessment. The presenters will also report on successful collaborations with campus partners focused on student success (e.g., graduate school, writing center, and teaching and learning center).