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Our campus has an undergraduate research initiative. The culmination of the original research for each student is a presentation at the end of the year during “Scholars Week,” the annual showcase of research endeavors. Each student requires a faculty mentor in the undergraduate research process. This presentation will cover the first-time initiative, and now a sustained occurrence for our library; a librarian serving as the faculty research mentor. Now, four years into serving as a research faculty mentor: I’ll share what I’ve learned in the process regarding recruiting students (disciplines, background, academic standing, etc.), choosing research projects with students (ex. matching their research interest with mine), conducting the research, analyzing the research, and motivating toward presentation with extensive evaluation. Future initiatives and opportunities concerning outreach, the research process, and librarian-led research will also be discussed.

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Knoxville, TN


research, student research, library, librarians, information literacy, mentorship, faculty mentor


Information Literacy | Library and Information Science


Originally presented at the Empirical Librarians Conference

Faculty Mentor & Librarian: Leading Original Research Toward Student Presentation



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