Supporting Graduate Education: A Library-Wide Approach
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The Mississippi State University Libraries serves a diverse graduate student population that includes over 140 graduate majors or concentrations and approximately 3600 students. The MSU Libraries has developed a comprehensive approach to meeting the research and professional development needs of graduate students. The panel will be led by Dr. Deborah Lee, Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Student Services at the MSU Libraries; other members of the panel will include representation from the Office of Thesis and Dissertation Review and the Associate Dean for Public Services. The presentation will include a discussion of the development and use of specialized graduate student workshops offered through the Survival Skills for Graduate Students workshop series. These workshops expand typical coverage of research methods to broader issues related to professional development. Topics include dissertation completion strategies, writing options for a curriculum vitae, and financial literacy. The workshops have been used as a foundation for both outreach and collaborative efforts across campus. Related workshops and support services that target graduate students in the process of formatting and completing their thesis or dissertation will also be included in the panel. Another team member will discuss how individual research consultations and departmental outreach have helped build collaborative endeavors and enhanced graduate student use of the library’s resources.