99 SPEC Kit 361: Outreach and Engagement as part of the information fair. The event is funded by the Office of New Student Orientation. To plan for the workshop, the first year experience and student success librarian works alongside the Office of Academic Enrichment to plan activities that help students begin to think about how they can leverage information skills to solve academic challenges, while the Office of Academic Enrichment provides guidance on how these challenges can be overcome. The library works with the director of assessment for the Division of Student Life to plan the assessment questions related to the event. The library worked with a graphic designer from the Division of Student Life to create digital displays, posters, and signage related to the event. It was also placed on a new student orientation calendar and embedded in an app that students use to navigate the required and optional sessions that are available during the several days prior to the start of classes. Following the event, the library put together an article in UDaily to discuss the event and its impact on students through their words. Advisers who were meeting with their students were also asked to refer students to this session as a useful learning opportunity. Collaborators were selected based on their missions and ability to provide academic support to students. These included student orientation leaders, as well as campus offices such as the Student Support Services Program (for first-generation students), Disability Support Services, the Horn program in Entrepreneurship, UDream (business student support services), the Foreign Language Media Center, the Open MathLab (tutoring), the Center for Black Culture, UD Writing Centers, the ASPIRE program (support for minority students in the College of Education and Human Development), Center for Counseling and Student Development, AgCelerate Program (student support in the College of Agriculture), and the Office of Academic Enrichment. We assessed the program by asking students to respond to a four-question survey after they attended the event. Questions investigated the extent to which students agreed that the program had met its goals of connecting them with support services and helping them address concerns about finding strategies for academic success. The survey also asked how the event could be improved. Informally, we also assessed attendance at the event. Attendance at the event has steadily increased from 60 students in the first year to around 200 students last fall. Extent to which students surveyed reported a positive experience at the event and agreed that the event helped them to connect to academic support services (including the library). Number of attendees at the event and attendance at library tours that were attended as part of the event. Extent to which the event helped librarians to meet and network with other student support services, as judged by any subsequent, resulting collaborations. Case Study 37 The Library launched a summer internship program for high school students. The purpose of the program was to introduce and hopefully inculcate young people into the library professions. The program is also part of UVa’s ACRL Diversity Alliance Initiative directive, where we agree to begin a pipeline program, as well as create a resident librarian program for new MLS graduates. Planning began with a call for volunteers to create the program. That committee began with about 15 staffers and winnowed itself to seven or eight. The committee determined the first cohort of interns should number five. The committee decided the program would run for six weeks. Students would work one day/week during that stretch. The committee created a rudimentary application form, which we would soon learn, requested very little salient information. Committee members began planning within their own units and recruiting staffers who would act as interns’ site supervisors and mentors. Students were paid $11.54/hour from the dean’s discretionary fund. All told, the total out-of-pocket cost of the internship was around $3,100. We provided lunches and snacks. Costs were paid from the inclusion, diversity, & equity director’s budget. The director of inclusion, diversity, and equity and about 7–8 library volunteers.
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