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HCL Instructional Services Reaches Out to Graduate Students through Orientation Activities

Barbara Burg, Research Librarian, Widener, speaks with a student during the GSAS registration.

September 26, 2002 -- It is often assumed that Harvard graduate students are experts in conducting research. How could they have come this far if they are not? Yet, first year graduate students can find the immense collections in the Harvard College library intimidating. Returning graduate students may find the new HOLLIS catalog confusing. International students need guidance as they learn a new system. All students appreciate research tips. As part of a continuing effort to facilitate research and inform graduate students about library services, the HOLLIS catalog, and the College Library collections, HCL Instructional Services took part in a number of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences orientation activities. After presenting to standing-room-only crowds, handing out hundreds of information packets, and answering a countless number of questions during orientation, librarians confirmed that even graduate students benefit from library instruction.

Fall 2002 Library Orientation Activities:

Widener's Carrie Kent, Head of Research Services, Mary Beth Clack, Research Librarian, and Laura Farwell Blake, Research Librarian, prepare for the hundreds of graduate students that attend the GSAS Information Fair.

"We have already seen the effects of these outreach activities; our first HOLLIS class was over subscribed! We have received overwhelming feedback about the orientation activities, but we will continue to adjust the information and its presentation as we recognize differing student needs," said LaGuardia.

On the unit level, Littauer, Harvard-Yenching, Tozzer, and Fine Arts libraries greeted graduate students entering the libraries’ related field with orientation sessions and tours. Librarians handed out information packets and familiarized students with library services, classification systems, and electronic databases.




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