HCL Librarians Reach Out to Graduate Students at GSAS Orientation
September 17, 2008 – Harvard graduate students crowded into Dudley House last week for the library information portion of the four-hour SeptemberFest, the annual GSAS-sponsored orientation for grad students.
Students were greeted at the library information table with maps of the library system, freebies like candy and pencils, and librarians eager to tell students what the library could do for them. HCL staff instructed grad students on how to find commonly requested information like library hours, services, and liaisons, as well as e-resources and research guides.
"This year at the Information Table, we tried something a little different," said Elizabeth McKeigue, Research Librarian in Widener Library. "We asked students to fill out a brief survey on citation management tools to find out how many of them are using Endnote, RefWorks, or some other citation management tool." Students who participated were eligible to win a prize, a 2 GB flash drive. They learned that a greater number of students use Endnote but that a large percentage wanted more information about RefWorks, including how to sign up for RefWorks classes offered at Lamont.
Meanwhile, upstairs in Dudley House, HCL librarians welcomed students to two very well-attended information sessions. Mary Beth Clack, Research Librarian and Interim Co-Head of Research Services, Widener Library, offered an overview of the libraries at Harvard, followed by remarks by Alison Scott, Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History and Senior Collection Development Librarian, Widener Library, and Michael Leach. Pam Matz, Research Librarian, Widener Library, gave a brief introduction to the research guide that details graduate student resources, and Barbara Burg, Research Librarian, Widener Library, spoke briefly about using citation management tools to aid research. The workshop concluded with a question and answer period facilitated by Laura Farwell Blake, Research Librarian, Widener Library. After the presentation, librarians mingled with the crowd to answer students’ questions one-on-one.
Also staffing the info table were Burg; Greg Finnegan, Associate Librarian for Public Services and Head of Reference in Tozzer Library; Hugh Truslow, Librarian for the Davis Center Collection, Fung Library; Rhea Lesage, Head and Bibliographer for Modern Greek, Widener Library; Carrie Kent, Research Librarian, Widener Library; Sarah Phillips, Research Librarian, Widener Library; Fred Burchsted, Research Librarian, Widener Library; Kerry Masteller, Reference and Digital Program Librarian, Loeb Lusic Library; Amanda Bowen, Head of Collections, Fine Arts Library; Steve Kuehler, Reference Assistant, Lamont Library; Liza Vick, Music Reference and Research Librarian, Loeb Music Library; Diane Sredl, Data Reference Librarian, Lamont Library; and Dorothy Barr, Library Professional, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
|Mary Beth Clack, Research Librarian and Interim Co-Head of Research Services, Widener Library, presented an overview of the Harvard library system to a packed room.||Alison Scott, Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History and Senior Collection Development Librarian, Widener Library, also spoke to the many resources available to Harvard graduate students.|
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