About the 2009 ERF

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August 19, 2009

The Northwestern University Library looks forward to supporting your graduate studies and research! On Monday, September 21, 2009, the University Library, in partnership with the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (WCAS), the School of Communication (SoC), the School of Education & Social Policy (SESP), Bienen School of Music and The Graduate School (TGS) will host a half-day program -- the Electronic Resources Forum (ERF). The purpose of the Forum is to introduce incoming graduate students in humanities and social science disciplines to the vast array of resources available via the University Library, and to provide a solid working overview of those electronic materials, tools, and techniques that are relevant to scholarly research.

The ERF is an integral part of orientation for new graduate students in humanities and social science disciplines. In addition to learning about research resources, participants will have a lively and informal opportunity to meet a diverse array of faculty and graduate student colleagues. We are looking forward to your participation in this program. Before August 27, please follow the registration procedure below.

On September 21, you are invited to begin the day with continental breakfast in the Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge, on the third floor of the University Library. Breakfast will be followed by Forum sessions in 45-minute blocks beginning at 9:00 a.m. At 12:35 p.m., you are invited to a box lunch on the third floor of the Deering Library, adjacent to the main library. Optional library tours will begin at approximately 1:20, immediately following lunch.

As you look over the session topics, you will see a wide range of choices. Some sessions are cross-disciplinary, with a focus on resources and techniques that are not easy to master. Some of the other offerings focus on tools and techniques. We welcome and encourage you to attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Harriet Lightman, the library coordinator for the ERF.

We hope to see you on September 21st, and we welcome you to Northwestern University.


Sarah M. Pritchard
Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian
Northwestern University