86 Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses Our primary collaborator is the Expanding Visions Foundation. This local non-profit group holds a nine week Career Institute in our main library. The high school students who participate in this program are eligible to apply for our summer internships. Initially, we were approached by the EVF to help support their career institute by helping with the weekly sessions. We quickly realized that they were already doing an awesome job with the sessions, and thought we could have a greater impact by offering internships to some of their participants. The students, supervisors, and mentors participate in a post-program survey to evaluate the program and make suggestions for improvement. During the program, there are touch base meetings and frequent emails with supervisors and mentors to address any pressing issues. The liaisons also meet with the interns as a group every week for a tour or workshop, and also discuss any concerns they might have. Last year, we reviewed the survey results and made changes to the program based on the feedback received. Again, we are only in year two of the program. Case Study 10 Graduate student event series. These events were designed to connect with graduate students beyond traditional opportunities (orientation, classes, research groups) to introduce them to services and individuals that they may not have encountered otherwise. The events included “speed dating the research experts,” an evening event with food and drinks in a casual environment outside the Libraries, where students briefly met with librarians who could help support their research activities at the university. There were five librarian presenters, including our Open Access & Copyright Librarian, Data Services Librarian, and subject librarians who addressed topics such as citation management, research reputation, and publishing a dissertation/thesis. Subsequent events were planned based on the feedback received from attendees. Three research round tables were scheduled in the evenings throughout the remainder of the semester. The events required advanced registration ensuring a smaller number of attendees and ample opportunity to connect with event speakers. Topics included an introduction to Library Services and Resources Data Services & Thesis Support and Career Research, Resources & Funding Opportunities. Supervisors from the event coordinators’ department approved the event due to the fact that it involved multiple librarians from within the department and a few others outside of the department. Departmental funding was also approved by department supervisors and library administration. The event was jointly funded by the Libraries and two graduate student groups. The primary organizers for the event were the STEM librarian, who serves ~25% of the graduate student population, along with the STEM graduate student employee, and the engineering graduate student groups (ASEE & ECS-GSO). Librarians from the Department of Research and Scholarship and the Learning Commons presented at the events and helped with some day of event logistics. Paper and online surveys were distributed to event attendees. Pre-registration forms were also used to collect attendee contact information. Fliers, Graduate Student Association listservs, via graduate student group listservs, library news & events website, targeted emails to anyone who attended the previous graduate student events. Collaborators from the GSO and graduate student groups (ASEE & ECS-GSO), whom the STEM librarian had connections with. Librarians were chosen based on expertise, with an emphasis on services and skills to support graduate students with their research pursuits. The Graduate Programs Office, specifically the director and career services coordinator, the Writing Center, and Office of Sponsored Programs were also contacted to contribute handouts although they weren’t available to attend. Pre-registration & post-surveys to both graduate student participants and staff participants.
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