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Presentation
Reaching Out to International Students
Brick & Click An Academic Library Symposium (2013)
  • Leila J. Rod-Welch, University of Northern Iowa
Abstract
Not being able to communicate well in English is a huge hurdle that many international students and second language learners face when attending college in the United States. Lack of familiarity with library services is an additional challenge. When international students come from countries where libraries have very limited services and resources, transitioning to using domestic academic libraries and learning about their services can feel overwhelming. Another intimidating factor is the sheer physical space of the library, as many academic libraries in the United States are drastically larger and more equipped than some in foreign libraries. Rod Library took the initiative to learn about challenges that many international students and second language learners face. To better serve this underserved group, Rod Library is trying to enhance accommodations for international students through outreach initiatives. These initiatives will help international students succeed by putting them at ease and showing them the valuable roles that libraries can play in their academic success. 
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Leila J. Rod-Welch. "Reaching Out to International Students" Brick & Click An Academic Library Symposium (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leila-rod-welch/5/