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Thursday, October 17 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Poster #18 -- Transitioning Library Spaces: Transfer Students and Academic Success

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The percentage of students on college campuses that are transfer or non-traditional is growing rapidly. While transfer students make up an increasingly significant student group, they are academically vulnerable and often face what is known as a “transfer shock” where adjustment to academic standards at the new school causes a drop in GPA and potential non-completion of a degree. Transfer students can also struggle to integrate socially. Academic libraries are in a unique position to provide specialized spaces, services, and collections for transfer students that could help ease their transition to a new academic environment and help them achieve academic and social success. This poster includes preliminary findings from a series of focus groups aimed at discovering the experiences of transfer students at their previous libraries and what they need from the library at their current institution to help them succeed academically. Findings indicated that while students feel comfortable with online resources they are challenged by the size of a larger library, locating materials and learning what library services are available.


Elizabeth Ellis

Instruction Librarian, Wake Forest University

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT
Piedmont 1-3