Building Bridges: Cultivating Partnerships between Libraries and Minority Student Services


  • Emily Love University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



Research on multiculturalism in libraries focuses primarily on collection development and on the recruitment of minorities to the profession. Although multicultural student outreach is relatively uncommon, it is
essential in helping to combat the social, education, technological and financial barriers that leave many minority students at a disadvantage in their transitions from high school to university. A step-by-step approach
to cultivating partnerships between the library and multicultural student services is discussed. Potential obstacles such as time constraints, limited resources and student interest are also noted. Ultimately, outreach initiatives produce positive publicity for the library, enrich student learning, and promote
the library as a campus leader in the academic process.