2CUL Receives Funding to Examine Libraries' Role in Supporting Humanities Ph.D. Students
NEW YORK, February 24, 2010 –

Columbia University Libraries and Cornell University Library (2CUL) will receive $15,000 grants from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to support a user needs assessment to determine what academic libraries can do to help humanities doctoral students complete their degrees.

The collaborative study will be conducted in partnership with Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cornell's Graduate School and Cornell University Knight Writing Center. Support from Cornell's Graduate School comes from a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools for its CGS Ph.D. Completion Project.

Over the next year, 2CUL will study how the kinds of services, collections, and support the libraries provide impact attrition and completion rates for Ph.D. students in the humanities and propose possible library intervention strategies that will positively address the high attrition rate and long Ph.D. completion time. Cornell Library will be responsible for the development and validation of the survey instruments.

Read the press release from Cornell University Library here: http://communications.library.cornell.edu/news/2cul-humanities-study.

Read more about the 2CUL partnership.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.  

About Cornell University Library Cornell University is an Ivy League institution and New York's land-grant university. Among the top ten academic research libraries in the country, Cornell University Library reflects the university's distinctive mix of eminent scholarship and democratic ideals. The Library offers cutting-edge programs and facilities, a full spectrum of services, extensive collections that represent the depth and breadth of the university, and a deep network of digital resources. Its impact reaches beyond campus boundaries with initiatives that extend the land grant mission to a global focus. To learn more, visit: http://library.cornell.edu.

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