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Academic Librarian

Description

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's University Libraries played a major role in starting a campus-wide Graduate Writing Initiative at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Graduate Writing Initiative is a campus-wide effort to improve the process, quality, and impact of graduate student writing. Despite the challenges of reaching a graduate student population of commuters, full-time workers, parents, and online learners, UMKC Libraries helped devise ways to extend the reach of the Graduate Writing Initiative to all. Currently, UMKC Libraries remains a core service of the Graduate Writing Initiative and librarians serve on the campus advisory committee. This presentation will describe the process of getting started (especially getting buy-in from other campus units) and how libraries are poised to offer resources and support in such an initiative. News and updates about current actions and future plans will be shared. The act of creating partnerships with other campus units helped promote the University Libraries and cement its importance to others involved in the initiative. This has paid off in more campus contacts and more departments reaching out to the University Libraries for student orientations, class visits, workshop requests, and other involvement.

 
Apr 1st, 1:40 PM Apr 1st, 2:30 PM

Make it Happen: How Libraries Can Start a Grassroots Campus-Wide Graduate Writing Initiative

Room 462

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's University Libraries played a major role in starting a campus-wide Graduate Writing Initiative at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Graduate Writing Initiative is a campus-wide effort to improve the process, quality, and impact of graduate student writing. Despite the challenges of reaching a graduate student population of commuters, full-time workers, parents, and online learners, UMKC Libraries helped devise ways to extend the reach of the Graduate Writing Initiative to all. Currently, UMKC Libraries remains a core service of the Graduate Writing Initiative and librarians serve on the campus advisory committee. This presentation will describe the process of getting started (especially getting buy-in from other campus units) and how libraries are poised to offer resources and support in such an initiative. News and updates about current actions and future plans will be shared. The act of creating partnerships with other campus units helped promote the University Libraries and cement its importance to others involved in the initiative. This has paid off in more campus contacts and more departments reaching out to the University Libraries for student orientations, class visits, workshop requests, and other involvement.