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Student to Scholar: A Professional Skills Focused Library Collaboration

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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TS3: Working with Students

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Engineering Libraries

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Matthew Frenkel New York University Orcid 16x16

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Matthew Frenkel is the engineering librarian at NYU's Bern Dibner Library, and an adjunct faculty in Mechanical Engineering at NYU Tandon. He is a member of the ASEE Engineering librarian division (ELD). Matthew's background is in the experimental study of optical whispering gallery sensors, but his current research interests are in how undergraduate and graduate engineering students develop their professional skills.

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Azure Janee Stewart

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Azure is an interactional ethnographer whose research examines the social practices that are context specific within different academic disciplines. She has participated in the evaluation and assessment of state supported projects such as the Digital Literacy Pathways in California Report and the California STEM Innovation Network Summit, sponsored by the California STEM Learning Network Initiative. Azure received her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has over ten years’ experience in Student Affairs working with graduate students across academic disciplines.

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- The [redacted] initiative (AAA) began as a collaboration between library and engineering faculty in the Spring of 2017. Its primary mission was to develop new programming to reinforce professional skill development among Engineering students. During the summer of 2020 the AAA initiative partnered with [Name removed] Summer Undergraduate Research (SUR) Program to develop an 8 week long workshop series aimed at creating a space for the students in the program to gain experience in areas such as scientific communication, visualization, ethics and research, information literacy, and mentorship. A pre- and post- survey was provided to the students to evaluate the effectiveness of the workshops and offer an opportunity for direct student feedback. In addition to these surveys students from the SUR program were given the option to participate in 1 on 1 interviews with leadership of the AAA initiative. This paper presents the preliminary results from the data collected in the summer of 2020, as well as providing resources for other institutions interested in implementing a similar program.

Frenkel, M., & Stewart, A. J. (2021, July), Student to Scholar: A Professional Skills Focused Library Collaboration Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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