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UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes: Diversity Roundtable April 19, 2012

UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes: Diversity Roundtable

April 19, 2012

1:00 PM

Hodges Library Mary Greer Room

In attendance:

Brad Binder (Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology), Adam Hardebeck ( Center for

Electric Power), Sekeenia Haynes ( Biochemistry,Cellular & Molecular Biology), Claudia Rawn ( Materials Science & Engineering), Harry Richards ( Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology), Suzette Styles ( Center for Electric Power), Teresa Berry (UT Libraries), Donna Braquet (UT Libraries), Lana Dixon (UT Libraries), Peter Fernandez (UT Libraries), Jeanine Williamson (UT Libraries), Thura Mack (UT Libraries), Allison Roberts (UT Libraries), Michelle Brannen (UT Libraries), Rabia Gibs (UT Libraries), Earnest Brothers (Graduate School), Demetrius Richmond (College of Education, Health & Human Services Administration Advising)

STEM Focus Group Roundtable Discussion:

Roundtable Group is seeking Outcomes for collaborations with emphasis on Recruitment and retention.

Our focus is on utilizing and identifying needs in STEM enrichment of underrepresented students – Undergraduates, Graduates, Faculty.

Library Instruction Possibilities – Bibliographic management instruction –
Materials Camp Instruction, Scientific Communication workshops
Describe the process of information literacy – More than Google –
Point of interest – introduce the Services to potential students and scholars –
Program planning – need to know what programs we offer – Many don’t know what they need for instruction – training program extension – orientation collaboration –

Observations and Discussions
Workshops need to be early in the semester – learn how before you start – workshop for STEM – Tennessee Learning Center – package information for these events- REU – professional development – seminar – share the information – exposure to library resources ā€“

Library offers: Graduate Student Open House, Dissertation workshop

Add Value to attending the workshops will bring people in – Library as a HUB –
Existing brochures could include into packets have resources for each Science (as per good advice from Rita)/ librarian info
Seminars – Site visits – UT is wired but not connected – REU programs –
Summer research experience inundated – go back to their inst. and go back viable marketing tool – foster relationships with incoming individuals.

Librarians could see offering workshops at available time – or invited to the groups –
willing to create a menu of available information and tailor for needs and time

Librarians can target needs.
Marketing the library Resources/Services is a natural accommodation easy – brand PR, market to the level of the person your speaking with. See the development – we have a need and seek money for support –

Context adds value to the instructions – work on a projects – go to the people that need and deliver the information.

Librarians are assigned to subject areas – why are there gaps in coverage of services –
awareness factor is low – marketing – time – Connect the librarians with the department or need


Who should the target audience be?

Librarians should build from the best customer – and make a model for other programs –
Music Library is embedding the library in black board – catered to course – course guides –
Put the librarian out to the area in need.

What makes the students pay attention? – professor endorses the resource or workshop – professor adds value – engineering fundamentals course – biology fundamentals – incoming graduate students – college of nursing does orientation with Lana –

Students are not trained on how to get information – students are depended on faculty –
Freshman English orientation does not prepare science research – limited time to learn

Focus Areas

Recruiting – research internship – all students come on a particular day – develop a curriculum –
REU-peer review -web of science – plagiarism and dishonesty

Incorporate the library UT experience process – required to go to the library – research paper – study at the library – Training – exposure to everything they need to be successful –
the earlier they are exposed the most impact – acclimated – learn about the resources –
collaborate – you don’t have to come to learn – accessible off campus – modify our approach –
library has made resources seamless – Have to hit student three times for library instruction to stick –
example Georgetown – long video – no student could register without seeing the video and taking a test.

Best for All – greater good –

Library moving into scholarly communication piece – sustainability in career success ā€“ represent UT well – expanding scholarly communication –

Recruitment – getting people to come to UT – need to know what their needs – evaluation plan – see if library programs are working – impact – assessment – make a MODEL – project impact- content for – Outcome – Librarians will need to id needs –

Thank you for getting us all together….

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