The Undergraduate Library serves to provide access to and delivery of information and services to students, faculty, and administration by encouraging and engaging students in the research process, promoting exploration, deductive reasoning, and critical thinking; pairing with faculty to promote their goals both in classroom work and personal research; and supporting the instructional and research mission of the university, propelling capable, honorable, and learned graduates into the world.
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Hi, I’m Tarek. When you were a kid, did you ever dream about growing up to become president? I did, and I still do. I chose to major in Political Science, because I want to make a true difference in this world. I want to leave a positive legacy of change behind me long after I’m done. And I love my courses, but I’m not exactly sure how they’ll translate into getting a real-world job after graduation.
Still, while I’m here I plan to get as much experience as possible. Between classes and working on my senior thesis, I organize campaigns to either protest or support the hot issues around campus. I’m committed to my country, my college, and my community, and I don’t want to have to wait until I’m thirty-five to start changing them for the better. Mind you, I don’t just campaign willy-nilly, I do my research. Be it on current events, politics, or local issues, I want to know that my position is grounded in a true understanding of the issue.
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Hello, I’m Donald, a British History professor. I do conduct my own original research, but my true calling lies in teaching students and helping them to truly discover the joy of learning. I teach the History of England since 1660 as well as World History, and most of the members in my classes take them in order to fulfill general education requirements. Although being in my lecture hall may not be their first choice, I want them to finish the semester knowing that they’ve learned something important and have enjoyed doing so.
When it comes to resources, I need articles and primary sources that tie directly into my syllabus and are easy for students to access and utilize. These resources must also be diverse, since I expect my students to think originally and submit papers on unique topics that they determine themselves.
Hello, my name is Naomi. I serve as the undergraduate services librarian for the university, and lately it’s as if I’m trying to walk a tightrope at sixty miles per hour. Serving the diverse needs of such a large student population has always been a delicate balancing act, and with my budget remaining flat year-over-year, it’s more difficult than ever. I love the work I do and even teach a freshman class on information literacy. My team and I interact with students on a daily basis, and we love seeing their joy—and relief—when they become skilled enough to conduct research on their own.
I hate turning students away when I don’t have the right resources to meet their specific needs. Their success is my success. That’s why I need resources that serve multiple disciplines, and I especially need those that support students in their first couple years of college. I’m often at odds with the subject specialists who advocate for very subject-specific resources, and it can be a challenge to convince the library that the needs of the incoming freshmen are just as important as those of the tenured faculty.
Hi, I’m Jessica, and I plan to make the most of my college experience. I plan to graduate at the top of my class, secure a fellowship for graduate school, and then become a world-renowned scholar. I realize I’m setting my goals high, but I’m willing to work hard in order to meet them.
I’ve applied for a research internship with the literature department chair this summer, and while the award generally goes to upperclassmen, I feel confident about my chances. I just hope he likes my original essay on the concept of “the other” in contemporary young adult literature. Landing this internship is an important first step toward the rest of my career. Original research is so much more compelling than having to work on the same short list of essay topics as everyone else in the lecture hall.
Hi, I’m Brandon. I just started college this fall, and since I have no idea what major I’m going to choose, I’ve been focusing on knocking Gen Ed requirements out of the way, all while trying to find my calling. My mom never finished college, and she says it’s the biggest regret of her life. Besides, a college degree seems to be more and more important when it comes to living a good life, and I want to live mine to the fullest in the time between attending classes and working the part-time job I need to help pay my tuition. Yes, I spend time studying, but I don’t want to spend too much time studying, if you know what I mean.
I don’t want to spend forever in the library finding the sources I need to write my paper. It needs to be quick and easy. My professor told me I couldn’t use Google, so I need to find sources my professor will approve of, and I need to cite those sources correctly.
Hi, my name is Tarek. I’m a Senior Political Science student.
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Hi, my name is Donald. I’m a Professor of British History.
Hi, my name is Naomi. I’m the Undergraduate Services librarian.
Hi, my name is Jessica. I’m a sophomore Literature student.
Hi, my name is Brandon. I’m an Undeclared freshman.