Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students

Publication Date

Fall 2018


graduate students, programming, collaboration


As scholars in training and future faculty, graduate students are a vital community within any higher education institution and a population that should be embraced by academic libraries. While some libraries have highly structured and formalized programming, others have an ad hoc approach relying on subject librarians to address individual student questions at the point of need. This book chapter discusses the collaborative effort of three librarians at Illinois State University’s Milner Library in developing specialized workshops and a strong partnership with the Graduate School. The authors cover the evolution of the collaborations and partnerships, necessary steps needed to sustain partnerships, processes for identifying, building, and expanding program content, and long-term plans to establish formalized programming and assessment.


This chapter originally appeared in Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students, edited by Crystal Renfro and Cheryl Stiles, 409-424. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2018.



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