Creators in the Academic Library: Collections and Spaces

ACRL. 2nd ed. Sept. 2023. 278p. ed. by Rebecca Zuege Kuglitsch & Alexander C. Watkins. ISBN 9780838939826. pap. $72. PRO MEDIA
In this second volume of the “Creators in the Academic Library” series, University of Colorado, Boulder, librarians Kuglitsch and Watkins offer a curated collection of experiences to illustrate the evolving ways that collections and spaces can serve and support student creators. With contributions from academic librarians and professors across multiple disciplines, the book focuses on how intersections between collections, creation, experiences, and communities can be harnessed to stimulate richer creative experiences and reduce inequities. The contributors present ideas for implementing activities that work, like creating makerspaces and introducing programming with a creative focus. The varied scope of the book, which ranges from a discussion of rare books and archives to suggestions for building a research-equipment lending collection, provides actionable ideas for tapping into students’ creative interests and supporting their future success.
VERDICT Offering inspiration for implementing student creativity initiatives, this is a recommended purchase for most higher education libraries.
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