I am interrupting the normal topics of this blog to do a bit of shameless self-promotion. The Director of the Graduate Library at Kennesaw State University (Cheryl Stiles) and I (Crystal Renfro) are proud to announce the publication of Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students.
This book was a organic outgrowth of the burgeoning interest in graduate student services that began at the first two Transforming Libraries For Graduate Student Conferences held at Kennesaw State University in 2016 and 2018.
Cheryl and I co-edited this 460+ page text (34 chapters!), and it has been taking over a large portion of our lives for the past two years. Our Digital Commons Managing Editor, Aajay Murphy is pictured to the left, holding our beautiful book. He was the cover designer, and Cheryl and I totally fell in love with his stunning design. We are so grateful that ACRL was willing to use Aajay’s design as the final cover. As an aside, if anyone has ideas for a book in the field of academic library science, Cheryl and I highly recommend the folks at ACRL. They were totally fantastic to work with.
We worked with librarian authors from across North America and Europe to investigate a broad array of library services and functions that target graduate student needs. To quote the book blurb,
“Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students is a practical atlas of how librarians around the world are serving the dynamic academics that are today’s graduate students. In four sections—One Size Does Not Fit All: Services by Discipline, Degree, and Delivery Method; Librarian Functions and Spaces Transformed to Meet Graduate Students’ Needs; More Than Just Information Literacy: Workshops and Data Services; and Partnerships—readers will discover a plethora of programs and ideas gleaned directly from experienced librarians working at some of the top academic institutions, and explore the power of leveraging their library initiatives through partnerships with other university units.”
We think services for graduate students are a critical and often overlooked arena for academic libraries today, and we are pleased to offer this book as another step in the continuing conversation about graduate student library services that has begun to take place in the industry. We hope many librarians and library administrators will read our book and implement new initiatives at their institutions as a result. The true winners of our combined efforts will be the graduate students we all work to serve. 😀