Library Outreach to University Athletic Departments and Student-Athletes

William T Caniano

Abstract


Research has shown that student-athletes often enter higher education less prepared than their peers. The student-athletes then face the difficult task of catching up to their more prepared peers, while being asked to spend in excess of 20 hours per week training and competing. In order to assist student-athletes in becoming academically successful, the Axinn Library at Hofstra University partnered with the University’s Department of Inter-Collegiate Athletics and the Center for Academic Advisement to provide library services to athletes. Building on the subject specialist liaison model of librarianship, Axinn Library began providing reference desk hours, by-appointment research assistance, and an information literacy course. 


Keywords


Library outreach, student-athletes, athletic departments, embedded librarianship, sports, libraries, academic advising

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ISSN: 1947-525X