Cultivating connections: Growing Internationalization in your University
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
● Offer language-learning software for foreign and domestic students
● Offer workshops for international students ( i.e., EndNote for Non-Native English
● 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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