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Rutgers-Newark librarian receives RU Research Council grant

The Rutgers University Libraries congratulate Minglu Wang, who was recently awarded a $2500 Research Council grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Minglu is the data services librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library on the Rutgers-Newark campus.

Minglu's research project, "International Graduate Students and Faculty and the Library," will study international graduate students' and faculty members' research behaviors and their perceptions of library culture. The research project seeks to broaden the Libraries' understanding of this distinct group of library users who must manage their careers, their research, and their personal lives in a foreign land. One goal of the research project will be to explore how the Libraries can create innovative services, especially in data analysis, to better serve sophisticated international users.

Minglu's preliminary research determined that while there is a growing body of research on the information-seeking behaviors of international undergraduate students, considerably less research attention has focused on international graduate students and faculty. Her research project, which will consist of a qualitative study of 25 international graduate students and 15 international faculty members, is ideally suited for the Rutgers-Newark campus which has been recognized for many years by U.S. News & World Report as the most diverse doctoral degree- granting university campus in the United States.

Minglu plans to present her research findings at a national library association conference in the summer of 2013 and to publish the results in a refereed journal.

The Libraries wish Minglu much success with her research project.

Posted July 9, 2012