Academic Library Outreach: A Framework

Angela M Stangl


Academic libraries could play a role in community service and outreach if a framework was developed to address challenges that often arise in these sorts of ventures.  The term “community” has the potential to be applied more broadly by expanding the scope beyond the campus community. By extending the definition of community, we are greeted with a new population of users who have variety of needs—from informational to media literacy–that could be met through outreach endeavors. This paper seeks to outline potential ways in which the core missions of academic libraries align with these broader needs of community partners. Through a case study approach, it was possible to identify not only points of alignment with the library or university mission but also potential limitations and challenges with community engagement beyond the campus community.

Keywords: Academic library outreach, community engagement, outreach, community partnerships

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