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Library and Information Science Paper (ID LIS078079)

Ayumi SATO
Library Services for Graduate Students of Research Universities in the United States of America: Based on Service Lists in the Library Websites
No.78, p.79-109
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Purpose: With the problems of graduate education in the United States since the 1990s, research university libraries have indicated issues with the services provided to graduate students. This study explores library services that are offered for graduate students at research universities.Methods: Among 99 US research university libraries that were members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), 69 had pages that summarized services for graduate students on their websites. This study extracted and analyzed information about the structures and contents of services for graduate students from the websites of these 69 libraries.Results: This study found that services for graduate students were classified into four categories (“provision of library resources” as fundamental library services, “support for research activities” to assist researchers, “support for teaching” to aid instructors, and “provision of other information” to respond to graduate student diversity) ranging to the various activity areas of graduate students. Services were offered by libraries, other campus departments, and outside institutions. Pages on the websites had useful information and responded to the specific and various needs of graduate students through cooperation with other libraries. The results of this study indicate that research university libraries tend to constructively provide services for graduate students by addressing the challenges of graduate education.

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