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Friday, November 4 • 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Snap, Click, Chat: Investigating the International Student Experience

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Like many universities in the United States, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has experienced a large increase of the international student population in recent years. In response, the University community including librarians, professors, and administrators saw an opportunity to reach out to international students to meet their academic needs. In order to accomplish this, two librarians in collaboration with various campus units at SIUE began a research study to explore international students’ university and library experiences.


Initially, librarians reviewed a body of literature regarding international students and the library. Many of the articles focused on specific challenges that international students often face, such as English language skills, plagiarism, acculturation, and bibliographic instruction. Other studies such as those by Allen, Jackson, and Wang attempted to understand international student needs on a broader level, but only employed a survey method. In order to understand the international student population at SIUE from a broad perspective, this study employs a mixed-methods approach using a survey, photo diaries, and in-depth interviews. The researchers will share their research methods, means of data analysis, and their interpretation of the findings.

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Adrianna Bennett

Circulation Specialist, Northwest Missouri State University

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Melissa Burel

Catalog Librarian, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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Sarah Park

Technology & Engineering Librarian, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Sarah Park is the Technology and Engineering Librarian at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Park manages and develops applications supporting the library’s digital services. Park received her M.S. in Library and Information Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... Read More →

Friday November 4, 2016 3:10pm - 4:00pm CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Room D

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