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Let’s Get Students More Involved!

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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To Boldly Go... Engineering Librarians Explore New Connections with Users

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Engineering Libraries

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22.1014.1 - 22.1014.11



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Qing Li IEEE

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Qing Li is an IEEE client services manager and UPP coordinator in China. She is currently based in Beijing, mainly responsible for China Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She is working on building customer relationships and driving IEEE awareness among Chinese communities, including librarians, engineers, students and faculty, and also supports initiatives and information needs of IEEE Student Branches through IEEE University Partnership program.

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The Role of Student Involvement in the Librarian Outreach Activities in China -- Experiences from the Collaboration between IEEE University Partnership Program and Chinese LibrariesAbstractWith the emergence of E-research and the progress of information literacy programs, outreachhas increasingly become a more important aspect in librarians’ new roles. However, it is still abig challenge for the Chinese librarian community due to various reasons ranging from theobjective -- the role of library in the current academic system; to the subjective, such aslibrarians’ personalities. This paper starts with an overview of the current outreach concerns,problems and opportunities faced by Chinese librarians. After pointing out the broad neglect ofstudent involvement in facilitating communication and collaboration between librarians andengineering faculty, this paper describes two successful case studies initiated by IEEE UniversityPartnership Program (UPP) in two top Chinese universities- Peking University and TsinghuaUniversity. It shows how IEEE student branches get involved in the librarian-faculty outreachand information literacy activities, such as the multi-phase Peking Information Literacy LibraryCampaign, Tsinghua New Student Library Orientation, Tsinghua Library Service Month, etc.This program also greatly motivates librarians’ engagement since they feel more comfortable totalking to and working with students. In this program, students serve as effective collaborators topromote library resources and bring librarians into specific domain disciplines, and reach out tovarious parties such as faculty, departments, IEEE members, companies and other universities.These best practices will provide valuable lessons and useful suggestions for Chinese andworldwide librarian communities.

Li, Q. (2011, June), Let’s Get Students More Involved! Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18281

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