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In the Loop: One Librarian's Experiences Teaching Within First-Year Learning Communities

Nancy Frazier, Bucknell University

Abstract

Unique as snowflakes, learning communities are formed in countless ways. Some are designed specifically for first-year students, while others offer combined or clustered upper-level courses. Most involve at least two linked courses, and some add residential and social components. Many address core general education and basic skills requirements. Learning communities differ in design, yet they are similar in striving to enhance students' academic and social growth. First-year learning communities foster experiences that have been linked to academic success and retention. They also offer unique opportunities for librarians interested in collaborating with departmental faculty and enhancing teaching skills. This article will explore one librarian's experiences teaching within three first-year learning communities at Buffalo State College.

Suggested Citation

Nancy Frazier. "In the Loop: One Librarian's Experiences Teaching Within First-Year Learning Communities" College & Undergraduate Libraries (2006): 21-31.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nancy_frazier/1