ARL udsendte i december del to i deres serie New Roles for New Times: An ARL Report Series in Development.
Læs hele rapporten: New Roles for New Times: Research Library Services for Graduate Students (23 s./pdf)
The report proposes that the growing number, and heterogeneity, of graduate students and programs presents opportunities for research libraries to provide segmented services targeted for students at different stages of their academic and demographic life-cycle. Through their interviews, Covert-Vail and Collard found an enthusiasm for a broad range of new services, from advanced data manipulation and visualization to softer skills-based instruction in time management and writer’s block. They also report that new configurations of library space, housing aggregated services into research or scholarly commons, for example, can both create and leverage collaborations within the larger institution.
Finally, the authors present different strategies for staffing graduate student services, from dedicated positions and committees to more loosely structured teams comprising subject liaisons, technologists, data librarians, and others, who work together to deliver a suite of complex solutions to meet the needs of graduate students in research institutions.
De vigtigste punkter i rapporten er:
- Segmented Services
- New Use of Space
- New Organizational Structures
Hovedkonklusionerne og anbefalingerne fra rapporten er:
- Develop a suite of graduate student services
- Create new spaces for graduate students that fit the way they work and that contribute to building community
- Create an internal organizational structure for supporting graduate student services and assessing their needs
- Create strategic alliances and collaborations with others on campus
- Create an organization that encourages innovation, experimentation, and learning
- Learn from other research libraries and share your experiences