Expanding Support for Graduate Students: Library Workshops on Research Funding Opportunities

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College and Research Libraries (Pre-Print)


graduate students, library, information literacy


This case study describes the development, implementation, and assessment of a series of grants research workshops for graduate students, which were implemented to fill a gap in graduate student support. We assessed the workshops through a series of focus groups. Findings show overall satisfaction with the grants tools and workshop, but participants noted areas of improvement around outreach and promotion and general communication with graduate students. Additional themes emerged related to graduate student socialization and research behaviors, which suggests that librarians have an important role to serve in these areas. The article concludes with best practices for designing effective workshops and additional ways in which libraries can support graduate student populations.


CC BY-NC 4.0 Anticipated publication date: March 1, 2017. College and Research Libraries.