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Diane Shepelwich's Blog

March 9, 2019

The UTA Libraries research coach program started in October 2016, with four students. Since that time, we've had between four and twenty students in the role of research coach each semester. Currently, we have seventeen students covering two service points: virtual reference and a physical service desk in our Central Library. Each week, the coaches cover between 250-290 service hours.

As part of the on-going training for the research coaches, we meet weekly to review what is working well and identify areas for improvement. The meetings consist of open discussion for the coaches to...

Tags: experiential learning, research coach
October 24, 2016

We have started a peer-to-peer research service where students are trained to provide assistance to other students for help with their research projects and course assignments. The Research Coaches help students develop topics, create search strategies, find relevant resources, and use proper citation. The Coaches are highly-motivated and experienced students that show an interest in research and in helping other students be successful in their academic careers.

The UTA Library went through a significant reorganization a few years ago and as part of those changes the reference desk...

Tags: research, research coach