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Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community Through Collaboration

Rowman & Littlefield. 2018. 250p. ed. by Peggy Keeran & . bibliog. index. ISBN 9781538113707. $95; pap. ISBN 9781538113714. $50; ebk. ISBN 9781538113721. PRO MEDIA
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In recent years academic librarians have recognized that they can have a greater impact by connecting with new partners on campus and in the community. Editors Keeran (arts & humanities librarian, Univ. of Denver Libs.) and Forbes (associate dean, Univ. of Denver Libs.) have developed a theoretical overview of outreach and compiled a collection of case studies, mostly by academic librarians, that provide ideas and models for potential activities. Librarians are encouraged to identify service gaps and engage with campus and community colleagues to find solutions. Mandy Havert, digital research and outreach librarian at the University of Notre Dame, offers details on the well-received dissertation and thesis camp that the library cosponsors with the writing center and graduate school to help develop successful scholars. Several case studies focus on community outreach programs that include, for example, STEM programs with underrepresented populations and exhibits that highlight specific ethnic groups, such as exhibits on Islamic art and Jewish songwriters. Librarians are urged to seek opportunities to use their subject knowledge with students, faculty, and the community.
VERDICT Outreach librarians will appreciate the variety of institutions represented and the scope of activities described.

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