Fostering Student Success: Academic, Social, and Financial Initiatives

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This book provides real-world advice and ideas drawn from case studies to help academic libraries support students academically, socially, and financially, especially those who are facing barriers.

Academic libraries are confronting a myriad of challenges, including consequences stemming from the pandemic, the changing demographics of student bodies, and the financial obstacles that many students are struggling to overcome. What’s needed is practical guidance on how to effectively serve students’ needs amidst rapid change. The contributors in this collection share several approaches to bolstering their success, with guidance that can be tailored to your own institution. Inside, you’ll learn about 

  • methods for reimagining learning and interactive programming during times of disruption;
  • using technology to provide personalized support for vulnerable students, from free wifi hotspots to inclusive programming;
  • promoting data skills through a makerspace; 
  • facilitating information access and STEAM learning for first-generation students;
  • ensuring accessibility for rural community college students;
  • responding to challenges brought about by systemic racism and COVID-19;
  • impactful mentoring;
  • expanding an open textbook program;
  • supplying laptops for students through an academic/public library partnership; and
  • paid internships and work/study positions for low-income students.

Imprint: ALA Editions

Published: 2022

Pages: 224

Sku: 9780838938294

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