Allocation of University Infrastructures and Resources
All student and staff resources were available to participants in the program. Each one had a work station in an office with all necessary stationery and computer supplies provided. The library staff presented participants with an array of information resources and directed them to available books and journals. Each researcher received a USB memory stick containing information, details and guidance regarding library resources and how to use them.
I spent many hours working in the library thanks to its many services. I made great use of its information resources to read articles, mainly using audio resources to listen on headphones connected to a computer. I used its resources to find official university papers, the institution’s rules and regulations with regard to lecturers‘ work, grading and evaluation and more. I participated in a workshop held by the library to learn how to make computerized bibliographical notations for articles (EndNote). This software makes it possible to include bibliographic references into a document by building an automatic bibliography according to requirements, and this became a very useful tool for me in my research writing. We had the opportunity to purchase the software at a reduced price for students, and I continue to use it to this day. The workshop was taught by an expert from the library staff and afterwards she continued to advise and help me using the software [two years after I finished the program, I encountered difficulty operating one of the software modules. As I could not resolve the problem myself, I turned to the same librarian and she provided help online]. The library staff’s responsiveness and encouragement for my research was empowering and made me feel that I could turn to them for guidance and professional help at any time.
As well as the library of the College of Education, all other faculty and departmental libraries were available to researchers. Here, one could make use of different specialty resources, both to work in the libraries and borrow books. Every participant received a university user name and password allowing access to all online resources on campus: computer laboratories, libraries, classes and offices. For research purposes we could also borrow audio-visual material such as cameras, voice recorders, portable computers etc.