The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries is striving to prepare graduate students for success even after leaving UTA. Librarians in the Faculty Services and Online Engagement department have branched out from assisting faculty, to realizing that our future faculty and corporate executives would benefit from guidance in navigating away from the traditional academic landscape to the new digital arena. In today’s academic and corporate worlds having a strong digit al identity is more important now than ever.
The modern academic library can play an important role in developing a professional portfolio by providing the tools and knowledge necessary to establish a digital presence using social media, blogs, websites, scholarly identifiers, and institutional repositories. Being able to utilize these tools provides the student with a broader knowledge base for navigating the rapidly changing research environment of publishing, open access, copyright, and impact metrics. As well as preparing the rookie executive to climb the corporate ladder.
Using a self - service 20 minute format to provide guidance, students will gain the skills and confidence to bui ld their academic individuality or shape their corporate prowess.