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A Library's Deep Dive into the Residential Campus: Creating a Library Living Learning Community

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Living learning communities are becoming more common on campuses. A living learning community that focuses on the library is rare. Patrick Rudd and Joan Ruelle describe how it was done at Elon University's Belk Library.

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A Library's Deep Dive into the Residential Campus: Creating a Library Living Learning Community

  1. 1. A Library’s Deep Dive into the Residential Campus: Creating a Library Living Learning Community Patrick Rudd Coordinator of Library Instruction & Outreach prudd@elon.edu Joan Ruelle Dean of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library jruelle@elon.edu Logo
  2. 2. In the beginning… Dormitory Libraries at Stephens College, Lamar Johnson, 1935
  3. 3. Library outreach to residence halls • Book clubs • Drop-in research sessions • Workshops in residence halls • Librarians in residence • Faculty-in-residence • Fear of invading student spaces
  4. 4. Library contributions to Living & Learning @ Elon • Neighborhood association • Neighborhood events • Book clubs • Opening picnic • Neighborhood dinners • Film Series • Cooking Classes • Tea Room • Mystery date with a book • Speaker on “Fake News” panel
  5. 5. Library partnerships with Living & Learning @ Elon • Miniature golf tournament • Human Library • Game nights • Fight the fear of invading student spaces • Tour of neighborhood and faculty apartment for library staff • Free speech & banned books • Professional development for student life staff
  6. 6. • 1889 House • ASHES (Alcohol and Substance Free) • African Diaspora • Business • Catholic • Communiations • Elon College Fellows • Examining Disparities • Gender and Sexuality • Honors • Innovation • Interfaith • International • Leaders in a Global World • LICHENS (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies) • Outdoor Learning • Paideia (Civic and Political Engagement) • Performing Arts • Polyglot • Service Learning • STEM • Sustainable Living Living & Learning at Elon
  7. 7. Taking the relationship to the next step • Library LLC timeline • Proposal - December • Webpage/syllabus - February • First-year recruitment – March and April • Student applications – May • Advisors create roster • Students notified – late May
  8. 8. What next? • Reaching out beyond LLC structure • Asking for on-the-ground advice • Consider 2nd year students • Reaching out to students • “make us cool” • Partner with neighborhoods beyond LLCs • Laser tag • Try, try again
  9. 9. Questions? Comments? Patrick Rudd Coordinator of Library Instruction & Outreach prudd@elon.edu Joan Ruelle Dean of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library jruelle@elon.edu
  10. 10. References Ariew, Susan Andriette. “The Failure of the Open Access Residence Hall Library.” College & Research Libraries 39, no. 5 (1978): 372–380. Johnson, B. Lamar. “Dormitory Libraries at Stephens College.” The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy 5, no. 2 (1935): 215–31. Jones, Frank N. “The Libraries of the Harvard Houses.” Harvard Library Bulletin II, no. 3 (Autumn 1948): 362–77. Nicholas, Pauline, Jerdaine Sterling, Rochelle Davis, Jessica C. Lewis, Faith Mckoy-Johnson, Karlene Nelson, Yolanda Tugwell, and Karen Tyrell. “‘Bringing the Library to You!’: The Halls of Residence Librarian Program at the University of the West Indies, Mona Library.” New Library World; London 116, no. 5/6 (2015): 316–35. Rudin, Phyllis. “No Fixed Address: The Evolution of Outreach Library Services on University Campuses.” The Reference Librarian 49, no. 1 (August 29, 2008): 55–75.

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