Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices, Volume 2

Association of College & Research Libraries Mar. 2023. 362p. ed. by Merinda Kaye Hensley & others. ISBN 9780838939338. pap. $86. PRO MEDIA
Editors Hensley (Illinois Wesleyan Univ.), Hailley Fargo (Northern Kentucky Univ.), and Stephanie Davis-Kahl (Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign) offer a valuable collection of essays highlighting the experiences of librarians who have created, implemented, and sustained a wide range of initiatives to foster undergraduate research. The essays were written by librarians working in small and large institutions and cover topics such as first-year and cohort-based models, tutorials, course-based collaborations, and partnerships with colleagues inside and outside the library. Adopting a practical rather than a theoretical approach, the contributors focus on the whats, whys, and hows of successful endeavors. Readers seeking to engage undergraduates across the spectrum will be stimulated and inspired, as this work provides many ways to build or borrow from the experiences described within. Some will utilize the work as an overview, while others will be drawn to specific examples. The thoughtfully selected essays and detailed chapter appendices ensure that this work can be utilized as a survey or a reference and will undoubtedly appeal to anyone interested in increasing student success through undergraduate research.
VERDICT This work should be included in higher-education libraries of all sizes, whether to complement the first volume or to stand alone.
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