Engaging Students through Campus Libraries
High-Impact Learning Models
by Gayle Schaub and Hazel McClure, Editors
October 2020, 170pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6868-9
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Demonstrates the significant difference academic libraries and librarians can make in student engagement and learning.

This collection of collaborative, high-impact learning experiences in information literacy teaches librarians how to engage students in hands-on, experiential learning.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has identified 11 practices that are highly impactful to student learning to designate as high-impact educational practices (HIP). These practices engage students deeply in a meaningful, connected way to their work. Librarians teach and support student learning in many ways that assist these AAC&U practices, such as information literacy instruction for capstone, writing, and first-year seminars and research support for collaborative assignments and projects.

Engaging Students through Campus Libraries calls attention to work in information literacy that goes beyond a traditional librarian role; it features librarians and faculty partners who engage in projects that highlight salient, experiential facets of the AAC&U practices in order to teach information literacy. In this book, librarians will learn high-impact, experiential learning models for working with students. They will understand how to think about and describe how AAC&U best practices are currently embodied in their organizations. They will also imagine future learning experiences for students with HIPs in mind, resulting in information literacy that is integrated into disciplinary work in a vital and transformative way.


  • Demonstrates the varied and exciting possibilities for engaged, integrated information literacy instruction
  • Includes details about planning and preparation so that readers can replicate, scale, or adapt practices in other library environments
  • Offers librarians practical models for pursuing their own partnerships in other disciplines
  • Includes narrative accounts of completed projects and programs involving students from a range of majors and academic departments
Gayle Schaub, associate librarian, is the liaison to the College of Education at Grand Valley State University. She has an MLS from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MA from the American University in Cairo. She is coeditor of Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians, published by ACRL.

Hazel McClure, associate librarian at Grand Valley State University, coedited the 2015 ACRL publication Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians and has written and presented about collaboration with teaching faculty, high-impact practices like study abroad and undergraduate research, and information literacy threshold concepts.


"The programs described are detailed and useful examples of high-impact information literacy skills instruction."—Library Journal, March 5, 2021

"These well-written and well-researched papers provide a solid roadmap for librarians seeking to create new initiatives in their own libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals."—Choice, August 1, 2021
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