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Thursday, November 6 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Improving the Library Research Skills of Graduate Students & Postdocs: Perspectives from a Librarian and a Former Postdoc

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Upon entering a new research environment, graduate students and postdocs are faced with the quickly changing scientific topics of the graduate curriculum and research laboratory. These young scientists have to effectively identify, locate, evaluate and digest information, and do it quickly, yet the necessary library research skills are often missing. Young career scientists often learn these skills from their lab mates, mentors, and friends, in addition to trial and error. Library instruction, usually available through the graduate school orientation as well as via the institution’s library, is an important resource for a successful research career. The first half of this session will assess the learning experience of a typical graduate student/postdoc, and point out some of the strategies and resources that were found especially valuable (for example building searches in PubMed, PubMed search within the reference manager, and literature recommendation services, such as F1000Prime). The second half of the session will discuss strategies how a library instruction program can be designed to reach graduate students and postdocs. This session will provide attendees with ideas on how to better align the library program with what graduate students/postdocs want to learn and how best to teach it. Attendees will be encouraged to share their tips and experiences on instructing young life scientists about library skills during the session.

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Carol Feltes

University Librarian, The Rockefeller University
Library renovations; diverse foreign graduate students special needs; book clubs; New York City
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Kinga Hosszu

Outreach Director, Faculty of 1000
Dr. Hosszu graduated from Stony Brook University, where she studied the role of dendritic cells during the development of systemic lupus erythematosus for her Ph.D .thesis. She then spent two years in the lab of Dr. Berhane Ghebrehiwet as a postdoctoral associate uncovering how the... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401