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Cultivating connections: Growing Internationalization in your University


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Handout from Outreach Presentation from Allison Sharp, Nathalie Hristov, and Manda Sexton at the 2018 Entrepreneurial Librarian Conference, Winston-Salem, NC

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Cultivating connections: Growing Internationalization in your University

  1. 1. Cultivating Connections: Growing Internationalization in Your University Allison Sharp, Nathalie Hristov, Manda Sexton University of Tennessee Libraries 2018 Entrepreneurial Librarian Conference Wake Downtown, Room 1616 Winston-Salem, North Carolina October 12, 2018, 11:20-12:05 “Student engagement is a critical target at most institutions of higher learning in the 21st century. Its centrality to the core educational enterprise provides natural in-roads for academic libraries to align information literacy and other engagement factors with broader institutional efforts to engage students and create an engaging environment.” (Schlak, 2018:133) It is imperative that libraries align their engagement efforts with those of the larger academic institution. At the University of Tennessee, one of the most prominent campus-wide initiatives has been making the campus “Ready for the World.” We have used the following methods as ways to make the library an essential component of this larger university goal. Strategies for Library International/Intercultural Outreach Integrate libraries into existing programs: ● Attend cultural programs and events on campus (ask library administration for funding to attend paid events) ● Get to know the program organizers ● Volunteer library service and participation based on the program objectives Seek partners to co-host international, cultural programs: ● Identify departments most likely to benefit from cultural programs ● Offer spaces, administrative support, and collections ● Share financial/grant-writing responsibilities for the program ● Design mutually beneficial programs to the Libraries and Co-Host Offer independent library programs and collections to serve international faculty, students, and initiatives: ● Offer language-learning software for foreign and domestic students ● Offer workshops for international students ( i.e., EndNote for Non-Native English Speakers) ● Solicit input on library services and collections to targeted international populations through focus groups *For optimal results, offer free food and drink!
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