Using the ACRL Framework to Build Graduate Services: Librarian Experiences from Three Institutions

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Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students

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Graduate student time for professional development is limited, tightly controlled during coursework, and must be prioritized. It can be argued that new learning happens best in context and at the point of need. One panelist will discuss how the Framework can be used as a foundation for building a graduate student inventory of research skills designed to identify areas for growth and match those needs with planned programming that is aligned with the demands of their respective programs.

Workshops and writing intensives for graduate students are typical pillars of graduate student programming at many academic libraries. Learn how one library used select Frames to develop outcomes for graduate programming on showing research impact, preparing to publish and author rights, teaching roles, and dissertation support. This panelist will reflect on successes and challenges regarding use of the Framework to design a variety of programs.

Learn how one panelist’s library adopted the Course Assessment Matrix planning tool, that allows librarians to track forward from the Framework to develop course objectives, learning activities, and, finally, assessment. The tool also permits users to begin with course objectives and track backwards to connect course objectives to the Framework. The panelist will share the planning document for others to use, while also giving an overview of specific examples from recent online instruction for graduate students.

Liaising with graduate students is distinct, as the needs of graduate students differ from those of other academic library constituents. Liaison work is an integral part of all academic librarian public services positions, and the work is often viewed as closely tied to teaching information literacy. No national-level standards exist to guide liaisons, though some institutions have such documents at the local level. ACRL’s Framework provides national-level standards for teaching which provides guidance for portions of liaison work. A panelist examines the possibility of using the Framework to guide liaison practices with graduate students in areas beyond classroom instruction.

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libraries; ACRL Framework; graduate students; inventory; research skills; programming; research impact; preparing to publish; professional support; Course Assessment Matrix; objectives; library liaisons; information literacy