Libraries and General Education: New Strategies to Enhance Freshman Orientation, Faculty Collaboration, and Curriculum Development

By Carl R. Andrews.

Published by The Learner Collection

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My research will attempt to re-evaluate the academic library’s role in supporting a general education program. The emphasis will focus on student centeredness, faculty collaboration, outreach and curriculum support.
In the short time that I have worked in academic libraries I have learned that quality customer service and reference desk work is far from the list of priorities in some settings. Coming from the public library I found this to be unacceptable. We are service providers and the way in which we communicate with students and faculty is important. As professionals we should do more in the way of making the transition to college as seamless as possible for freshmen and continuing education students. It is imperative of us to adapt to the changing ways in which students interpret, process, and evaluate information. This involves embracing Web 2.0 and the social networking tools that students are using. Libraries will increasingly need to work at staying ahead of the information curve if we are to be an essential resource for today’s college freshmen.

Keywords: General Education, Academic Libraries, Faculty Collaboration, Library Outreach, Student Centered Libraries, Information Literacy, Curriculum Support

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp.109-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 809.388KB).

Asst. Prof. Carl R. Andrews

Assistant Professor/Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Library, Medgar Evers College (City University of New York), Brooklyn, New York, USA

I am currently an Assistant Professor and Librarian for Medgar Evers College, which is part of the City University of New York. I am the Unit Coordinator for the Library’s Interlibrary Loan Unit. I am also responsible for reference work, collection development, and Information Literacy instruction. I have worked as a professional librarian in a variety of settings for nearly 13 years, with my start being in the public library. I hold a master’s degree in Information & Library Science and a second master’s degree in Adolescent Education. My interests are Information Literacy and Education, Curriculum Building, General Education, Serving the Differently Abled and Library Services for Populations with Special Needs.


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