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The Knowledge Market
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2023

The Knowledge Market is a collaborative partnership between the Speech LabWriting Center, and University Libraries.

What is it?

The Knowledge Market at GVSU is a place where students can receive guidance from fellow students, trained in strategies and skills to tackle interdisciplinary tasks (data, research, writing, and speaking). 

From the Knowledge Market Vision: We view the GVSU campus as a community of students, all with their own unique processes, purposes, and goals. The Knowledge Market should enable students to achieve their academic goals toward full participation in our campus community as well as in larger academic, professional, and global contexts. Because students have different expectations, processes, and audiences, the Knowledge Market must provide services that support and enhance one another, such as:

  • One-to-one consultations to support any student on campus working on any project
  • Utilize an inquiry-based Socratic approach to guide students to discover their own
    knowledge, ideas, and opinions rather than direct or instruct students towards specific
  • Cross train staffs so they can knowledgeably communicate, collaborate, and connect
    students with other Knowledge Market partners
  • Collaboratively develop new programming, resources, and trainings to adapt to student needs
  • Participate as an equal stakeholder in an administrative and philosophical collaboration with
    other Knowledge Market partners

What should I expect?

Whether you have made an appointment or are dropping in for a session, the Knowledge Market receptionist will help you get started. Seated underneath the beam that says "Knowledge Market," the receptionist will introduce you to your consultant. Don't worry if you aren't sure which service you need! Just tell the receptionist what you're working on, and we'll find the right consultant to help you.

Consultations are most productive if you

  • Bring your assignment sheet
  • Come prepared with specific questions
  • Leave plenty of time to work on your project before it's due

Consultations are 30-50 minutes long, and the content of every session is different because consultants are focused on your individual needs. Expect a friendly conversation with a highly-trained peer that will end with a plan for improving your project. Feel free to come back with new drafts of your project or more questions!

Where is it?

There is a physical Knowledge Market location in the Mary Idema Pew Library and Information Commons in Allendale, and another in the Steelcase Library's Collaboration Zone in Grand Rapids (at the Pew Campus).

Please scroll through the Knowledge Market's Homepage for specific hours and locations!

Need more help?

This information is brought to you by the Grand Valley State University Knowledge Market