Brescia focuses on the Millennial student in research and certificate program

January 4, 2010

Brescia   University College  is undertaking new research and providing innovative learning opportunities and  delivery methods designed to address the needs and support the success of the  Millennial student.

The long-term objective of the Library’s Millennials Project  research is to better understand the research process of Brescia students, and to revamp current  library services to best meet the needs of users. Students will be canvassed  using a variety of methodologies, and course syllabi and assignment documents  will be analyzed to identify the library and research needs of first-year  students, from the perspective of the faculty.

In order to identify student needs, and when those needs are  at their greatest, the Library is also gathering statistics on patron  interactions at the Information desk. The statistics gathered at the Library  will be compared to the results of the Millennials Project to help identify  gaps between what students are reporting and their actual needs.

The study is being undertaken by Brescia’s Acting Public Services Librarian  Heather Campbell as part of her course of study for the Masters of Library and Information  Science, and is being supervised by Dr. Catherine S. Ross of the Faculty of  Information and Media Studies at Western, a leader in the field. “After  observing a change in the type of research questions we receive at the  reference desk, along with a substantial decrease in library program  participation, we felt it was necessary to gain a better understanding of our  students’ needs. We hope the results of this study will not only benefit library  users, but the wider campus community,” Campbell  said.

In addition to being the subject of new research, the  Millennial student is the focus of a new certificate to be offered at Brescia in 2010. According  to the project proposal, “the subject of the Millennial student has gained  popularity – both in the media and across our campus community. There is  growing concern that this new generation is arriving at Brescia ill-equipped for the demands of  undergraduate studies.”

In response to the changing needs and learning styles of the  first-year student, Brescia has introduced the  Fundamentals of Academic Success Certificate in a pilot project that will focus  on a variety of essential skills for today’s first-year student, delivered by a  joint committee of Brescia  staff and faculty members, led by Kate Norton, Library Instruction Coordinator – Public Services &  Teaching. Departments are striving to  provide students with academic supports while properly allocating staff, time,  and resources.

The certificate program is being marketed as “The University  Student Toolkit” and requires that students complete two hour-long workshops  from each of four modules, between January and April, 2010. The modules address  academics, the first-year experience, research, and writing. Students will gain  skills in exam preparation, note taking, internationalization, time management,  the research process, plagiarism, grammar, and more. Workshops are presented  in-class in the computer lab, or online via WebCT. To register, print off and  complete the registration form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

For more information  please contact:

Heather Campbell                                                   Public Services Librarian                                                   519.432.8353, ext. 28140 or by e-mail at

Kate Norton                                                   Library Instruction Coordinator – Public Services &  Teaching                                                   519.432.8353, ext. 28010 or by e-mail at

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is  affiliated with The University   of Western Ontario. The  1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide  variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and  invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College  welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more  information, please visit