Librarians from the David Lam Management Research Library have won plaudits for a unique guide that helps business students conduct research more effectively.

Jan Wallace, Christina Sylka and Lindsay Ure were recognized by the Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) as part of the “Laud a Librarian Gold Medal” contest.

Last summer, the librarians discussed the need to help students with the critical thinking that’s needed for any research project.

Searching for data and information involves interactions between thinking, research, revising, re-thinking and research.  

Many students need coaching consultations throughout this process. To help them at the critical preliminary stage, the librarians devised a form, called Jump-Start Your Research. The form not only helps librarians understand the nature of the student’s assignment or project; it also speeds up the time it takes for the student to identify and refine their topic, create a strategy and begin the research.

The guide has been used for a term, and groups of students (MBA students in particular) have been filling the form out and sending it in, knowing that it will save them time – their scarcest commodity. So far, Jump-Start Your Success has been a success for the librarians and the students.

Congratulations Jan, Christina and Lindsay!

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