ACRL e-Learning Webcast: Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian – Developing Programs for Undergraduate Researchers

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Undergraduate Research coverJoin ACRL on Tuesday, November 13 for the e-Learning webcast Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Developing Programs for Undergraduate Researchers. The webcast will be held from 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Eastern) | 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Central) | 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Mountain) | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific).

Undergraduate research is often conflated with standard end-of-semester research papers, but in fact, undergraduate research is one of several high-impact educational practices identified by George Kuh and the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and is increasingly seen as a vital part of the undergraduate experience. Research helps students connect the dots between their interests, general education courses, writing requirements, and major coursework, and increases learning, retention, enrollment in graduate education, and engagement in future work.

During this interactive webcast, discover how the library can become part of the core infrastructure of the undergraduate research experience. Presenters will discuss the process, issues, and ultimate practice recommendations from three of the case studies covered in their recent ACRL book, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices. Find out how library research programs can be from any discipline, can be interdisciplinary, can be any high-impact format, and can reflect upon an institution’s own history, traditions, and tensions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be introduced to three different kinds of research programs for undergraduate researchers and discuss how they were implemented, as well as gain recommendations for incorporating them at your library.
  • Gain new ideas and tools for building faculty relationships, developing programs for undergraduate researchers, and collaboration with librarians in your organization.
  • Share your own experiences with collaboration and instruction for undergraduate researchers and discuss new methods and strategies.

Who should attend: Instruction, scholarly communication, and/or subject liaison librarians; archivists, undergraduate research coordinators, faculty

Presenters: Tracy B. Grimm, Associate Head of Archives and Special Collection and Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration, Purdue University Libraries’ Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center; Norm Medeiros, Associate Librarian, Haverford College; Tim O’Neil, Assistant Director of Special Undergraduate Enrichment Programs, University of Colorado Boulder; Matt Upson, Director of Library Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach Services, Oklahoma State University

Moderators: Merinda Kaye Hensley, Associate Professor and Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Illinois Wesleyan University

Complete details and registration materials are available on the ACRL website. Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact Margot Conahan at with questions.