Crossing Disciplines, Creating Space: Using Drop-In Research Labs to Support an Interdisciplinary Research-Intensive Capstone Course

Jill E Anderson, Jason Puckett


Research labs — scheduled group consultations — can be an effective means to provide focused library assistance to a high-needs class. Confronted with students from a single journalism history course suffering from library anxiety and requesting individual and intensive help from librarians, the authors developed over several semesters a set of best practices for conducting research labs. They found that holding one to two scheduled group consultations in the library during class time has helped librarians bring the amount of time spent on this one class down to a more reasonable segment of their overall workload, while also allowing them to provide flexible, individualized, and in-person support to students. 


Instruction; Subject Specialists; Information Literacy

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