What is it about?
Our objective was to examine existing postgraduate support, develop aspirational strategies, and implement a revised Library postgraduate programme. We used a mixed methods research methodology to collect data from students, supervisors, and other stakeholders at the University of Otago. Quantitative data was collected from various sources including, LibAnalytics, bespoke surveys created with Qualtrics, and the Quality Advancement Unit (QAU) Student Opinion Survey. Qualitative data was collected from bespoke surveys created with Qualtrics, interviews, focus groups, and structured discussions. This article specifically addresses our findings from postgraduate student survey and focus group data. Note that if you do not have a subscription to this journal you can still read the author accepted manuscript in OUR Archive: https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/9545
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Why is it important?
As stated in the article abstract "Before (re)developing postgraduate programs, libraries can gain valuable insights and test assumptions by surveying students." There were many assumptions we tested and found to be incorrect. The whole exercise of engaging with students, staff, and other stakeholders was immense and, in terms of scale, a first for our Library. However, we have made better decisions about our postgraduate support service redevelopment as a result. We encourage other libraries to do the same.
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This page is a summary of: Listening and learning: myths and misperceptions about postgraduate students and library support, Reference Services Review, August 2019, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/rsr-03-2019-0019.
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Postgraduate Support at Otago: Student Questionnaire Answers
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Listening and learning: myths and misperceptions about postgraduate students and library support
Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) Published copy available online: Smith, S., Lubcke, A., Alexander, D., Thompson, K., Ballard, C. and Glasgow, F. (2019), "Listening and learning: myths and misperceptions about postgraduate students and library support", Reference Services Review, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-03-2019-0019 AAM is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial International Licence 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. Any reuse is allowed in accordance with the terms outlined by the licence. To reuse the AAM for commercial purposes, permission should be sought by contacting email@example.com.
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