Issue 4, Fall 2009
New at the Writing Studio: HOD Assignment Advisor
Peabody Library and the Writing Studio have formed a new partnership for the fall 2009 semester. Leslie Foutch, the librarian for Human and Organizational Development (HOD), will serve as the first Assignment Advisor to the Writing Studio. She will help students in the HOD program interpret their course assignments and advise them on how to begin the research process. Leslie will have set hours each week at the Writing Studio, so that students who need to ask questions about library resources can just turn to her, instead of packing up their belongings and heading to the Library.
This effort grew out of a successful collaboration between Peabody Library and the Writing Studio last spring. Leslie worked with Dustin Lynn, a writing consultant who also served as a teaching assistant for the HOD 1000: Applied Human Development course. Leslie and Dustin developed subject-specific workshops that aided the students with their research paper assignment. Sixty students attended the two part workshop series and spoke positively about the experience. This accomplishment solidified the connection between the two service-oriented units and paved the way for the new fall semester project.
Leslie is very excited about this new collaboration and feels this is a natural fit for everyone involved: “Our HOD faculty require library research as an integral part of the assigned writing in their courses. In the past, HOD students have looked to the Library and the Writing Studio for guidance as they tackle these complex tasks. By joining forces, the Library and the Writing Studio are both streamlining the research process and expanding our boundaries to try to reach as many students as possible. I look forward to working with the staff of the Writing Studio and hope that our students will take advantage of this new endeavor, and visit me at Alumni Hall.”
Leslie will begin holding office hours at the Writing Studio’s location in 117 Alumni Hall on October 5. She will be available each Monday from 10am-1pm and Thursday from 1pm-4pm through December 10.