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Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Libraries, Campus Partners, and Student Success

CHICAGO—Join Core for the webinar "Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Libraries, Campus Partners, and Student Success" on August 6, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. The trend of bringing campus partners into academic library buildings started 20 plus years ago, with the intention of supporting and increasing student success. Some early models were rooted in decisions to repurpose space within academic libraries, and the groups that found themselves together did not necessarily have common goals or alignment. Today, there is a shift to campus partnerships that are driven by the partners and are strategic, sharing service values and goals. The changing roles of academic libraries, shifting from focusing on print collections to services has expanded partnership opportunities. Attendees will learn about and explore existing campus partnerships as well as learn about new partnerships just forming. Attendees will also learn about different approaches and methods for developing the partnerships and will gain perspective from different partners to better understand where there are common goals and overlap by hearing from four institutions: Grand Valley State University, an early adopter of campus partnerships; Seattle University, currently launching an effort to expand campus partners; Kenyon College, who started their planning process for these models by gauging student needs; and Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, who partnered with their Office of Student Success to move reference services entirely online.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.

Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Libraries, Campus Partners, and Student Success
Live Webinar: Tuesday, August 6, 2024, 1 - 2 p.m. CT


David Zenk, Principal, GUND Partnership, Cambridge, MA


Kristin Meyer, Associate Dean, Grand Valley State University Libraries, Allendale, MI
Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Amy E. Badertscher, Associate Vice President for Libraries and Strategic Innovation, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Cate Rudowsky, Dean of University Libraries, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
Dr. Jerel Benton, Associate Vice President for Student Success, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX

Registration Fees:

Core Member: $57.67
ALA Member: $71.10
Nonmember: $79.00

How Do I Purchase Group Registration?

You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webinar during checkout. We offer webinars discounts based on the number of registrations you specify at checkout. If you are a Core member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the Core discount rate; ALA's new e-Learning store allows you to extend Core member savings to colleagues at your institution.

Can't attend the live event? No problem! All registrants will receive a link to the recorded session for later viewing at their convenience.

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Mia Blixt-Shehan

Continuing Education Assistant

American Library Association

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