Innovative Solutions for Building Community in Academic Libraries

Innovative Solutions for Building Community in Academic Libraries

Sheila Bonnand (Montana State University, USA) and Mary Anne Hansen (Montana State University, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: May, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 376
ISBN13: 9781466683921|ISBN10: 1466683929|EISBN13: 9781466683938|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8392-1

Description

The library has always been an essential part of the collegiate experience, providing students with access to knowledge and literature. However, as virtual services and online learning become more prominent within collegiate environments, the ways students conduct research and access resources has been altered.

Innovative Solutions for Building Community in Academic Libraries examines new methods librarians use to engage both on-campus and online users in library services, taking into account the significant impacts of online learning on students’ interaction with library resources. Focusing on various outreach practices, techniques of literacy instruction, and the utilization of library spaces, this research-supported book is a pivotal reference source for distance educators, program planners, academics, and library professionals interested in new ways to attract users to library services.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • International Students
  • K-12 and College Partnerships
  • Library Renovations
  • Online Graduate Students
  • Peer-to-Peer Outreach
  • Student Advisory Groups
  • Student Government Collaborations

Reviews and Testimonials

Librarians, many of them specializing in a particular discipline, describe how academic libraries are creating and maintaining communities by changing instructional modalities, outreach to specific audiences, outreach by participatory events and activities, and altering the physical space. Their topics include building a scholarly network in learning communities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, reaching digital students through analog displays, promoting civic engagement with Sunshine Week, incrementally building community and user engagement in the University of California-San Diego library, and the library as campus Main Street.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Sheila Bonnand is the Instructional Services at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Montana as well as an undergraduate degree in Botany/Biology Teaching. Her research interests include information literacy, especially as it applies to distance and online education, and intellectual freedom issues. She has been involved in a project using web conferencing software for instruction for the past three years and co-chaired the Innovative Learning Studio visioning group.
Mary Anne Hansen is the Research Commons Librarian at Montana State University and the MSU Library’s Distance Education Coordinator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona, a Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education from Montana State University, and an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages Teaching. She has been involved in a project using web conferencing software for instruction for the past four years and co-chaired the Innovative Learning Studio visioning group.

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