Successfully serving the college bound

For Immediate Release
Thu, 12/18/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — 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 “Successfully Serving the College Bound,” published by ALA Editions, shows how to do it. Incorporating insight gleaned from interviews with librarians serving college-bound patrons, author Africa S. Hands includes:

  • checklists to help public libraries take stock of current services, programs and resources for serving the college bound, with pointers on how to make improvements;
  • tips for using, marketing and expanding the collection effectively;
  • ready-to-adapt program ideas;
  • advice on shoring up support among stakeholders, overcoming objections and taking advantage of outreach opportunities;
  • worksheets to help library administrators evaluate staff skills and interests;
  • reviews of online college-planning tools;
  • a directory of college-related organizations, publishers, resources and education authority agencies.

Hands received an MLIS from San Jose State University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Golden Gate University. She has worked in public and academic libraries and in undergraduate and graduate admissions and advising at public and private higher education institutions. She is active in ALA, and serves on ALSC, ASCLA, and NMRT committees; reviews online resources for Technical Services Quarterly; and presents at conferences and workshops. She is academic coordinator for Project Graduate at the University of Louisville.

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