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Partners in Information Literacy: The Research Mentor Program at UNH Manchester: Welcome

Creating Knowledge VIII: Reykjavik, June 2016


Annie Donahue, Associate Professor/Library Director, UNH Manchester

Kim Donovan, Director of the Center for Academic Enrichment (CAE), UNH Manchester

Carolyn Gamtso, Associate Professor/Head of Reference & Instruction, UNH Manchester Library

The UNH Manchester Research Mentor Program

  • Partnership between Library and Center for Academic Enrichment.
  • Practical writing and research strategies combined with theoretical applications for peer-assisted learning.
  • Provides support holistically throughout the research process:
    • brainstorming topics
    • developing effective search strategies
    • evaluating sources
    • preparing outlines
    • developing thesis statements
    • drafting and revising within the writing cycle
  • Promotes effective information literacy instruction by
    • recognizing gaps in students' evidence
    • modeling the Framework dispositions during individual student tutorials
    • connecting students to the librarians for further research instruction


Institutional Context

The University's urban, commuter campus serves more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students through 17+ baccalaureate and professional graduate degrees programs.

Who we are:

  • average age of our students is 24 years
  • 50% mix male/female
  • 87% are full-time
  • 85% are New Hampshire residents

Where we are:

  • located 50 miles west of residential campus
  • housed in a newly refurbished downtown mill building


Discussion Questions


Could a Research Mentor Program develop at your institution?

What campus constituents might you seek out to make a program like this succeed?

What challenges do you foresee?