Reaching First-Generation College Students
The Role of Academic Libraries in Student Success
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Reaching First-Generation College Students: The Role of Academic Libraries in Student Success

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Reaching First-Generation College Students: The Role of Academic Libraries in Student Success

  1. 1. Reaching First-Generation College Students The Role of Academic Libraries in Student Success Nataly Blas, Diversity Resident Librarian (nrblas@uncg.edu) 8 Retention Dimensions Bibliography C.AR.E Program 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 sessions  Designated library study space  Library liaison for C.A.R.E Program  Ability to collaborate with designated C.A.R.E faculty Alianza UNCG 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 Students! First-generation students are individuals who are the first in their family to complete a college education. Characteristics include:  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 preparation. (Tym, McMillion, Barone, Webster, 2004) Strategies  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 first-generation students  Promote the library as a study space  Be an advocate and motivator for academic success! University of North Carolina at Greensboro Barone, S., McMillion, R., Tym, C., & Webster, J. (2004). First-generation college students: A literature review. Retrieved from http://inpath ways.net/first_generation_college_students.pdf Cushman, K. (2006). First in the family: Your college years, advice about college from first-generation students. Providence: Next Generation Press. Ward, L., Siegel, M. J., Davenport, Z., & Gardner, J. (2012). First - generation college students: Understanding and improving the experience from recruitment to commencement. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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