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Panel to explore library research skills

Monday, May 18, 2009, 2 p.m. 101 McCormick Hall

A panel discussion titled "Library Research Skills: Can They Be Taught? By Whom? When? How?" is set for 2 p.m. Monday, May 18, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Faculty members and librarians will examine a variety of issues related to teaching library research concepts and skills to students. Some of the questions to be addressed are:

  • What library skills do you expect students to have when you create assignments requiring them to do research using library or other resources?
  • What do the results of these assignments tell you about students' research skills?
  • What strengths or weaknesses have you noticed?
  • What do you think is the best way to remedy deficiencies? What is your ideal scenario for teaching Princeton students to do library research?
  • Is there a minimum set of skills using library and information sources that all Princeton undergraduates should have before they graduate?
  • When you were a student, how did you learn to do research?

Panelists will be: Simon Morrison, professor of music; Mary George, senior reference librarian; Marta Tienda, professor of sociology and public affairs; Bobray Bordelon, economics, finance and data services librarian; Catherine Peters, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Steve Adams, biological and life sciences librarian.

The event is sponsored by the Princeton University Library.

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