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Librarians Secure Grant for Student Research Success

To support student success in the research process, four Atkins Library librarians have secured a $2,500 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant, awarded by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The proposal, Strengthening Students’ Research Skills through Librarian-Faculty Collaboration, describes how librarians will closely collaborate with selected UNC Charlotte professors, and their students, to develop and experience well-designed research assignments.
The project’s goal is two-fold. First, to provide teaching innovation that supports instructors in designing and implementing assignments, encouraging students to meet their course research goals. During this time, participating instructors will work closely with librarians to consider the clarity, purpose, and scope of their assignments with student success in mind.
The second goal is to provide students a semester-long, structured relationship with a subject librarian focused on a specific learning activity. Librarians will develop and offer scaffolded learning activities that guide students to use and evaluate scholarly information effectively, thus making them more active partners in their educational experience.
The project is based on evidence of students’ struggles with the research process and on the demonstrated value of librarian-instructor partnerships and students’ deeper engagement with faculty.  Success will be measured by evaluating student work for evidence of increased research skills, and also by surveying students and instructors about the benefits of librarians’ involvement in their course.
Atkins Library librariansStephanie Otis, Alison Bradley, Dawn Hubbs and Heather McCullough secured the grant and will lead the projects. “Integrating research support at the level we propose will require significant planning and reflection from instructors. With the grant funds, we will offer participating faculty a stipend to encourage a deeper collaboration with librarians on their research assignments. Additionally, we will use grant funds for travel to present our work at the American Libraries Association conference in June 2012,” says Stephanie Otis. For more information, please contact Stephanie Otis at sotis@uncc.eduor (704) 687-5679.