Date: Nov 29 2019 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm UTC
Facilitator: Mary Chipanshi
What does a librarian do on sabbatical?: researching the IL needs of international students at the University of Zambia (UNZA)
International students contribute a significant boost to the economy of every university. It is well documented that students coming to a new university find themselves dealing with different challenges. The literature has identifies that one of the challenges faced by these students in a new university is navigating the library. It is therefore imperative that academic libraries find strategies to assist these students adjust to their new environment. In order to accomplish this effectively, librarians and libraries needs to know the student’s prior library experience. This study was conducted at the University of Zambia, using focus groups. A total of 22 students participated in the focus groups. Students were asked questions related to their experience using UNZA library with regard to searching for information for assignments, using information ethically and evaluating the information. Preliminary results indicate that most of the students use the internet to find resources for their assignments and prefer to consult colleagues instead of a librarian. The library is also viewed more as a reading space than a place they can get resources. They also understood the importance of crediting resources and plagiarism. The results of this project is of benefit to all those working with international students.
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