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This research-based book with practical applications teaches academic librarians to support their transfer students effectively at both universities and community colleges, even when transfer students' information literacy needs differ from those of other students.
Colleges and universities across the United States serve a large and growing population of transfer students. Current estimates suggest that more than one third of college students transfer from one institution of higher education to another at least once. At some institutions, transfer students compose up to fifty to sixty percent of the new incoming class. Academic librarians' understanding of the demographics and potential needs of transfer students is essential to supporting their success and mitigating "transfer shock."
Just as public libraries often bridge gaps between individuals and services, academic libraries can proactively support the often unique needs of transfer students by spearheading textbook affordability initiatives, developing innovative programming, and making appropriate referrals to non-library student services. In this practical guide to supporting transfer students, authors Peggy L. Nuhn and Karen F. Kaufmann teach academic librarians how to optimize information literacy instruction, support research, help reduce stress, and connect the library to virtual students. They emphasize the importance of establishing partnerships with feeder institutions and other campus departments to best support transfer student success.
- Teaches academic librarians and stakeholders to understand the holistic value of the academic library to transfer student success
- Defines the concept of "transfer shock" and explains how academic librarians and libraries can mitigate this phenomenon
- Outlines key theoretical and practical applications of information spaces, information science, and information literacy as applied to the transfer student academic experience
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"Transfer students will use the information resources and library services (both in-person and virtually) at almost all college and university libraries. Nuhn and Kaufmann present research-based content with examples of practical applications. Academic librarians can implement these best practices to effectively meet the information literacy and critical thinking needs of transfer students—an important component of student success!"
From the foreword: "This work by Nuhn and Kaufmann emerges from dedicated librarians who had a history of focusing on transfer-student needs before transfer was trending. I do hope readers will enjoy, as much as I did, exploring and learning about transfer students' challenges, the uniqueness of various populations, the difference between andragogy and pedagogy, and the 'no-excuses support' of one model institution."
"Transfer students can be the invisible population in higher education, and—for a number of reasons—many can be at risk. This work provides explicit and workable solutions for libraries and librarians to reach out to transfer students in meaningful ways. The strategies included in the book offer creative solutions that can be used to reach these students and improve their chances for success. This is a vital work that should be read by academic librarians as they work with a potentially vulnerable group of students."