Student Interest

Library Instruction at GVSU Benefits Student Success

Mary Idema Pew Library

Have you wondered about library instruction and how it can benefit students? A GVSU Library study found a positive correlation between library-led instruction and student retention. Find out more about what library instruction looks like at GVSU and hear directly from liaison libraries about their role in this process.

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The Digital Creator Lab

Are you interested in renting a camera or starting a podcast? Do you need help on a digital project for a class? The Digital Creator Lab is here to help.

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digital creator lab space

How to Find a Book

Library stacks

Do you need to check out a book but aren’t sure how? University Libraries house more than 1 million different titles. We utilize the Library of Congress call number system. Many students are unfamiliar with using this system, so it can be overwhelming to know where to start. As a User Experience (UX) student employee at the Mary Idema Pew Library, I understand the problems that students encounter. I created instructions to help students find books quickly and efficiently. If you need help, the staff and students at the service desk are always happy to assist you, too!

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Frequently Asked Questions: What Is A Liaison Librarian?

Have you ever heard the term “liaison librarian” and wondered what that means? Has your professor suggested meeting with a liaison librarian for help with an assignment? Have you had a class visit from a librarian to learn more about library resources? University Libraries receives a lot of questions about what exactly a liaison librarian is, what they do, and how they can help students. We asked the liaisons themselves to weigh in on some of these FAQs. To contact a liaison librarian with your questions, visit our website to search by subject areas.  If the answers to your questions aren’t here, contact a liaison librarian to learn more.

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Virtual Knowledge Market

Resource Market web ad

In Grand Valley’s Knowledge Market, highly-trained peer consultants offer support for crucial interdisciplinary skills: reading, writing, speaking, and researching.  Although the Knowledge Market is currently located in the Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale campus and the Steelcase Library on the Grand Rapids campus, it houses a variety of academic support services including University Libraries, the Speech Lab, and the Writing Center.  To increase equity and access to support, the Knowledge Market is adding online assistance to meet the needs of underserved populations at Grand Valley, such as students taking online or hybrid courses, studying abroad, with families or careers, at satellite campuses.

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Furniture Testing at University Libraries

Have you ever wondered how furniture is selected for library spaces? University Libraries works closely with Facilities Planning and tests every table, chair, and study spot to gather student input before making decisions. We will soon be furnishing a new library space in the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health at 333 Michigan and we have already begun testing out new types of furniture.

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sample furniture

Library Research Scholar Creates OA Advocacy Toolkit

Erin McIntosh having a conversation with Matt Ruen

Why aren’t students more engaged with Open Access?

Erin McIntosh used that question as the basis of her research as a Summer 2019 Library Research Scholar.

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