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Board 94 : Engineering Graduate Student Information Literacy: Are We Meeting the Need?

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Engineering Libraries Division Poster Session

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Engineering Libraries

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Leena N. Lalwani University of Michigan Orcid 16x16

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Leena Lalwani is an Engineering librarian and the Coordinator for Engineering Collection at the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL) at the University of Michigan. She is also the liaison Librarian for Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Entrepreneurship. Leena has been a librarian at University of Michigan since 1995 in various ranks. Prior to joining University of Michigan, Leena has worked as Librarian at Gelman Sciences and American Tobacco Company. Leena has a M.L.S. degree from Catholic University of America and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai.

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Jamie M. Niehof University of Michigan

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Engineering Librarian at University of Michigan — Ann Arbor
Liaison Areas: Computer Science & Engineering, Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, Climate & Space Sciences & Engineering
Bachelor's Degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and Master's Degree from the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor.

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Paul F. Grochowski University of Michigan Orcid 16x16

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Paul Grochowski is an engineering librarian at the University of Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a MLIS degree from Wayne State University.

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Library instruction for engineering graduate students at this university has historically been ad hoc; librarians respond to requests for instruction, but to date they have not provided instruction as an intentional program of information literacy topics. Engineering librarians promote library services at department orientation sessions and have worked with the college’s Graduate Education Programs office to present instruction on topics including literature reviews, data management, finding funding, and reading retention. Attendance at and response to these instruction sessions suggest that a formal program of instruction can be beneficial to engineering graduate students. Considering that individual students approach the librarians for instruction on topics such as strategies for literature reviews, or that individual faculty members approach the librarians for instruction to the students in their labs on topics such as best resources for researching specific subjects or instruction on citation management applications, one might reasonably conclude that there is an unmet need for a broad instruction program. In this work-in-progress, the engineering librarians of this institution are disseminating a Qualtrics survey of engineering graduate students on their needs for library instruction. The survey will differentiate between students who are writing theses and those who are not. By looking at students who are doing research and those who are not as two separate populations, the survey may identify needs for instruction that go beyond common library instruction topics such as literature reviews and the library had not previously considered. This paper will summarize the results of the survey and discuss plans for using the survey results in implementation of an instruction program of information literacy topics.

Lalwani, L. N., & Niehof, J. M., & Grochowski, P. F. (2018, June), Board 94 : Engineering Graduate Student Information Literacy: Are We Meeting the Need? Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30141

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