The Pathway to Success: Facilitating First-Generation Student Learning in Academic Libraries Through Cross-Campus Collaborations

Deng / Journal of Library Administration / November 2021

Due to the unique economic, cultural, and family background first-generation students possess, they often require holistic support to help bridge the achievement gap they encounter due to lesser preparedness for college. This article investigates the role of academic libraries in first-generation student learning and engagement in scholarly activities throughout college education. The author documents the work of a medium-sized regional university library to demonstrate how customized library service implemented through additional individualized research assistance for first-generation students positively impacts their confidence using the library, facilitates the acquisition of key research skills, and enriches their overall experience with the library.