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Successfully serving the college bound
Hands, Africa S., author.
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Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015.
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xi, 152 pages : illustrations, forms ; 26 cm
Librarians and other library staff have different levels of expertise related to college planning, and patrons have different levels of needs. This book provides tips and information from librarians who have planned both large and small programs to connect with their college-bound community.
Who are our college-bound patrons? -- Handling objections -- Conducting a needs assessment -- Developing a collection -- Programs for college bound -- Creating partnerships -- Marketing and outreach to the college bound -- Online college planning resources -- Appendix A. Additional resources -- Appendix B. Data gathering resources -- Appendix C. Planning and research resources -- Appendix D. Resources for brainstorming.
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Z718.7 .H36 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Whether they're students taking the traditional path of entering college from high school, or adult first-time or re-entry students, navigating the admissions and financial aid process can be overwhelming for the college bound. Public libraries can help provide information and guidance for a successful start, and this book shows how to do it.

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Booklist Review

Hands is uniquely qualified to author Successfully Serving the College Bound: she holds degrees in both library science and counseling psychology, has worked in libraries, and currently coordinates Project Graduate through the University of Louisville. She argues that public libraries have a vested interest in college education, citing the positive correlation between higher education and civic engagement. The definition of college bound has expanded from the traditional straight-from-high-school, middle-class kids to a more diverse mix of adult learners, veterans, and immigrants' children. Hands suggests programs and collections to serve the former as well as outreach strategies for the latter. Recommending a data-driven approach to service provision, she includes sample tools for assessing needs and identifying existing resources in the community and the library. Don't miss the chapter on partnerships, arguably essential to the success of college-bound services. Public libraries serving communities with a high number of nontraditional students or whose high schools are underequipped to properly inform students about educational options will benefit most from this selection.--Winterhalter, Deidre Copyright 2016 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Libraries serving college-bound students have traditionally focused on young adults completing high school and leaving home for the first time. Hands (academic coordinator, Univ. of Louisville) addresses the need to recognize the growing presence of other demographics in the service population, including military veterans and other adult learners. She also recommends consideration of homeschoolers, students with disabilities, and those with limited English-language fluency or economic disadvantages who count on the public library to provide equal access to tools and information. The growth of online degree programs may have technology implications for students and libraries, too. Chapters on partnerships and needs assessment are helpful for practitioners considering any new service. The index and resource directory make this a useful guide to planning and presenting programs that fit all budgets. The detailed comparison of education-planning and financial aid websites is especially clear and helpful. VERDICT Use this work with the Young Adult Library Services Association's More Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Carol Smallwood's Librarians As Community Partners to create a rich service that extends the tactic of providing multiple editions of classic novels.-Barbara Ferrara, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., VA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.