Profiles of Academic Library Services for International Students

  • ID: 4587337
  • Report
  • Region: Global, United States
  • 57 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The report profiles the efforts of 6 colleges and universities in the United States to develop library programs that specifically cater to international students, fostering information literacy and student experience and retention objectives.

The colleges and universities profiled are:

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • The George Washington University
  • San José State University
  • Parkland College
  • Virginia International University
  • University of Colorado Boulder

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) is made up of 24 campuses and hosts close to 10,000 international students. The PSU librarians collaborate with both on-campus and community partners to develop creative outreach opportunities. The George Washington University (GWU), a private university in the heart of Washington, DC, embeds librarians in the English for Academic Purposes program and has designed specialized workshops for international graduate students. The library at San José State University (SJSU) in Silicon Valley, serves as both the main library for the university and the San José Public Library system. The librarians here developed a creative and popular series of events for International Week - on a tight budget.

Parkland College, a community college in Champaign, IL, serves many international student language learners. One focus of the collection development work here is ESL materials such as TOEFL test preparation resources. Virginia International University (VIU) serves almost exclusively international students. The VIU librarians have designed scaffolded instruction for ESL students, based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Librarians at the University of Colorado Boulder have applied for and received grants to support outreach for international students. They developed both online learning objects and thoughtful programming for this population.

The 57-page special report was written by Amanda B. Click, Business Librarian at American University in Washington, DC. Amanda earned her PhD from the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR   
Introduction   
References   
Pennsylvania State University: Creative Collaboration   
Introduction   
PSU Libraries   
PSU International Student Population   
PSU Libraries Support for International Students   
Instruction & Training   
Outreach   
Partnerships   
Future Plans   
PSU Librarian’s Reflections   
Challenges for International Students   
Recommendations   
Conclusion   
George Washington University: New Support Models   
Introduction   
GW Libraries   
GW International Student Population   
GW Libraries’ Support for International Students   
Orientation   
Instruction   
Online Materials   
GW Librarian’s Reflections   
Challenges   
Recommendations   
Conclusion   
References   
San José State University: Energetic Teamwork   
Introduction   
The SJSU Library   
The SJSU International Student Population   
King Library Support for International Students   
Orientation   
International Week   
SJSU Librarians’ Reflections   
Challenges   
Recommendations   
Conclusion   
References   
Parkland College: Targeted Collections   
Introduction   
The Parkland College Library   
Parkland International Student Population   
Parkland Library Support for International Students   
Instruction   
Outreach   
Parkland Librarian’s Reflections   
Challenges   
Recommendations   
Conclusion   
References   
Virginia International University: Scaffolded Instruction   
Introduction   
The VIU Library   
VIU International Student Population   
VIU Library Support for International Students   
Instruction for ESL Students   
Other Instruction   
Collections   
Outreach   
VIU Librarians’ Reflections   
Challenges   
Recommendations   
Conclusion   
References   
University of Colorado Boulder: Innovative Programming   
Introduction   
CU Boulder Libraries   
CU Boulder International Student Population   
CU Boulder Libraries Support for International Students   
Library Tours: Vernacular Language Videos   
Culture Bridge Programming   
Partnerships   
CU Boulder Librarians’ Reflections   
Challenges   
Recommendations   
Conclusion   
References   

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Amanda B. Click is the Business Librarian at American University in Washington, DC. She earned her PhD from the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 2008 to 2011, Amanda was an instruction and reference librarian and the coordinator of instruction at the American University in Cairo. Her research interests include the globalization of higher education, academic integrity, information literacy, and library services for diverse populations. Amanda has published her work in College & Research Libraries, Reference Services Review, Libri, and the International Information & Library Review. She co-edited Library and Information Science in the Middle East and North Africa, a volume in IFLA’s “Global Studies in Libraries and Information” series.

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