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Cline Research/Teaching Support
Kevin Ketchner

Making Personal Connections with Library Resource Specialists

Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library recognizes the diversity of the graduate student experience and would like to continue to develop professional, collaborative relationships which support and foster graduate students’ success as students, teachers, and scholars.

Oftentimes students think of the library as simply a physical entity. It’s just a warm place on a snowy day with comfortable chairs, a place to check-out laptops, or an access point for the key online databases in a particular discipline area that students come to expect from an academic library. The Cline Library offers much more than just these library basics. Our library personnel are a valuable resource, and we believe they are one of the things that make us different from other universities. The services listed below support graduate students’ studies, teaching, and research needs.

For the Graduate Student

For specialized research, one of the library’s resource specialists can offer research support in a particular area. These librarians are skilled researchers who stay current with new and changing information opportunities within your disciplines. We can help graduate students find reputable sources and save valuable time.

For personalized research consultations, resource specialists with experience within a specific discipline can meet in person or online, individually or as a group, to collaboratively assist students in systematically investigating, collecting, and evaluating the information needed to be successful.

Librarians can assist in:

  • Formulating research questions.
  • Developing search strategies.
  • Identifying and effectively searching databases and analyzing for authentic content and reliability.
  • Clarifying citation formats.

For the Teaching Assistant or Teacher

The Cline Library’s librarians offer a variety of teaching and classroom support opportunities.

These support opportunities include:

  • Providing research advice on how to use our resources and services effectively when locating and placing materials on course reserves, including the placement of streamed media, audio materials, digital content, or primary materials from our Special Collections directly into a Vista course management shell. For example, you can find and place e-books in your courses or scan a chapter to ensure everyone reads the chapters you wish. These resources are available 24/7!
  • Sharing technology updates for instructor and students, with information available for laptop check-out procedures, adding items such as a personal welcome message, or librarian-led audio research tips using the podcasting software in our new Studio B.
  • Offering assistance by reviewing your research assignments, strategies, and approaches to optimize student research success.
  • Partnering with you to refine your assignments. Librarians can help you rework research assignments to ensure students focus on your learning outcomes, therefore saving the student’s time and yours! We can also provide assignment-specific research instruction in your classroom or in one of our instruction-based rooms.

As a Researcher and Scholar

The academic professional course-support librarians (resource specialists) are experienced and knowledgeable in course-specific areas, with many of them having advanced degrees as well as skills in presenting and publishing.

They can help the graduate researcher and scholar to:

  • Contextualize and plan out research topics.
  • Diversify presentations by considering and integrating different information mediums such as streamed media, oral/audio or visual representations, databases, and other information sources including funding resources.
  • Identify and make research connections within specific fields and offer suggestions on how to effectively stay current on emerging research.
  • Identify theses and dissertations in your area so that you can advance an original point of view as a result of your research.
  • Use journal alerts to automatically hear about new published research in your area.

Get Connected!

The Cline Library offers these valuable graduate student resources to students by helping to establish connections to best assure graduate success. There are many ways to get assistance, such as e-mailing our online Ask a Librarian service or visiting us in person at the library's front desk. Resource specialist librarians can be contacted directly by e-mail at:

Kevin Ketchner

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—Kevin Ketchner, Librarian, Cline Library