Reaching First-Generation College Students: The Role of Academic Libraries in Student Success
Reaching First-Generation College Students
The Role of Academic Libraries in Student Success
Nataly Blas, Diversity Resident Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8 Retention Dimensions
The FSU C.A.R.E Summer Bridge Program is an
alternative admission program for first-generation
college students who are disadvantaged by an
economic or educational circumstance.
Partnership with Strozier Library
Tailored library tours and information literacy
Designated library study space
Library liaison for C.A.R.E Program
Ability to collaborate with designated C.A.R.E
Alianza UNCG strives to support first-generation
Hispanic college students achieve academic
success during their UNCG experience.
Partnership with Jackson Library
Outreach and promotion of library resources
and services (Welcome Reception)
Translation of library materials into Spanish
Library liaison for Alianza UNCG
Ability to collaborate with Hispanic/Latino
faculty, staff, and students
Get to know your First-Generation
First-generation students are individuals who are
the first in their family to complete a college
More likely to be older, have lower incomes,
be married and have dependents.
More likely to enroll part time, attend 2-year
institutions and for-profit institutions.
Tend to have lower incomes and more likely to
choose an institution based on cost.
Tend to have lower levels of academic
(Tym, McMillion, Barone, Webster, 2004)
Understand that college may be a culture shock
for first-generation students
Read relevant literature
Collaborate with other groups on campus
Seek out opportunities to “meet and greet”
Create tailored IL sessions and library tours
Strive to establish relationships with students and
provide useful resources
Participate in campus-wide retention efforts
Collect library resources that reflect the needs of
Promote the library as a study space
Be an advocate and motivator for academic
University of North
Carolina at Greensboro
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Cushman, K. (2006). First in the family: Your college years, advice about
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Ward, L., Siegel, M. J., Davenport, Z., & Gardner, J. (2012). First -
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from recruitment to commencement. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.