|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Norton Library Instruction Coordinator – Public Services & Teaching 519.432.8353, ext. 28010 or by e-mail at email@example.com
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 www.brescia.uwo.ca