Reaching a Multicultural Student Community: A Handbook for Academic Librarians

Reaching a Multicultural Student Community: A Handbook for Academic Librarians


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Changing student demographics demand that colleges and universities meet the special needs of a new population, and libraries will play an increasingly important role in facing these challenges of the future. This professional reference is intended for academic librarians interested in establishing peer outreach programs for minority students. The volume includes an overview of the unique challenges facing academic institutions and libraries today in serving a diverse student population, suggestions on working effectively in the current academic environment, and practical guidelines for specific program design, implementation, and evaluation. Topics considered include performing a community analysis, the politics of program development, budgeting, personnel management, and program evaluation. Model program materials are included to assist librarians in establishing similar programs, and a bibliography provides a list of additional information sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313279126
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/1993
Series: The Greenwood Library Management Collection Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

KAREN E. DOWNING is Associate Librarian and Coordinator of Academic Outreach Services at the University of Michigan Undergraduate Library.

BARBARA MacADAM is Head of the Undergraduate Library at the Univerity of Michigan. She has published in journals such as College and Research Libraries, The Reference Librarian, and the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

DARLENE P. NICHOLS is Associate Librarian at the Univerity of Michigan Undergraduate Library. Her publications include articles on Peer Information Counseling in the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Table of Contents




Community Analysis

The Politics of Program Development

Establishing a Program Budget

Developing a Staff

Program and Service Development

Building a Campus Network

Marketing and Public Relations

Program Evaluation

Appendices: Training Plans & Exercises

Undergraduate Library Minority Student User Survey



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