Proposal Title

Unabridged: A Master Class in Library Research

Start Date

16-3-2020 4:20 PM

End Date

16-3-2020 5:00 PM

Author(s) Bio

Susan Gilman is the Librarian for Tozzer Library, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and a Program Coordinator for Unabridged: A Master Class in Library Research. Odile Harter is Research and Pedagogy Librarian, Harvard College Libraries, and is a founding Program Coordinator for Unabridged: A Master Class in Library Research.

Presenter Status

Academic Librarian

Keywords

Workshop Teaching Pedagogy Collaboration Professional Development Program Design

Presentation Type

Poster

Description of Proposal

Each January, Harvard Library offers Unabridged, a 5-day library master class for graduate students. Designed to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of scholarly practice, the program’s topics range from “Self-Care for Scholars” through specialized reference sources, organizing your research travel, and negotiating contracts with publishers. A host of experts from across the University teach sessions in a variety of formats, offering a range of perspectives from different disciplines and areas of expertise.

Unabridged focuses on concepts as much as currently relevant tools and encourages learning through hands-on activities. Our holistic approach helps develop strategies that are adaptable and enduring. It has also been a fertile space for developing new content, and librarians across the university have reused our session plans, infographics, and other materials.

First offered as a 2-day event with an open RSVP, the program has evolved over the years into a 5-day offering with an admissions process, a bonus day on archives and special collections, and a series of “Prologue” and “Epilogue” workshops during the fall and spring terms. A successful university-wide event, the Harvard Collections Showcase, developed out of an Unabridged session.

This poster will describe the Unabridged curriculum, provide some highlights from our iterations of the program’s design and development over the past 5 years, and an extract of the feedback we have received.

More information about the program is available here: https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/62558

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Tips on program design and project management, curriculum and course materials,

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Unabridged: A Master Class in Library Research

Each January, Harvard Library offers Unabridged, a 5-day library master class for graduate students. Designed to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of scholarly practice, the program’s topics range from “Self-Care for Scholars” through specialized reference sources, organizing your research travel, and negotiating contracts with publishers. A host of experts from across the University teach sessions in a variety of formats, offering a range of perspectives from different disciplines and areas of expertise.

Unabridged focuses on concepts as much as currently relevant tools and encourages learning through hands-on activities. Our holistic approach helps develop strategies that are adaptable and enduring. It has also been a fertile space for developing new content, and librarians across the university have reused our session plans, infographics, and other materials.

First offered as a 2-day event with an open RSVP, the program has evolved over the years into a 5-day offering with an admissions process, a bonus day on archives and special collections, and a series of “Prologue” and “Epilogue” workshops during the fall and spring terms. A successful university-wide event, the Harvard Collections Showcase, developed out of an Unabridged session.

This poster will describe the Unabridged curriculum, provide some highlights from our iterations of the program’s design and development over the past 5 years, and an extract of the feedback we have received.

More information about the program is available here: https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/62558