Transforming Libraries To Serve Graduate Students

ACRL. 2018. 464p. ed. by Crystal Renfro & . photos. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780838946060. pap. $88. PRO MEDIA
OrangeReviewStarAcross the profession, graduate and professional students have received much less attention than undergraduate students or instructors. Contributors here highlight the diversity of this group, noting that experiences, needs, and expectations will vary based on discipline, department, and degree. This diversity may present particular challenges in providing tailored and relevant support, services, and spaces. Editors Renfro (graduate engineering librarian) and Stiles (director, graduate library, both Kennesaw State Univ.) have put together a comprehensive overview on serving graduate students that honors and recognizes the diversity of this population while also offering concrete practices. Divided into four sections, chapters cover general outreach and space planning, teaching opportunities, the provision of publishing and networking resources, and research support. Some sections, such as those on planning spaces and services for graduate students, are more general, while others, including those on scaffolding research support or information literacy instruction for students in the arts, take a deep dive into a particular discipline.
VERDICT An excellent resource for any library that serves graduate and professional students.

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