Reading Between the Lines: Extending the Reach of a University Common Reading Program via the Academic Library

Mary Todd Chesnut


In 2000, Northern Kentucky University began their successful Book Connection program, a common reading program targeting the freshmen population at the university. Throughout the past decade, the faculty and staff at the W.Frank Steely Library have discovered a number of ways to work collaboratively with the Office of First-Year Programs and other freshmen instructors to enhance and enrich the Book Connnection program. Through the creation of customized research guides for the selected book, themed library orientation sessions, creative displays, faculty workshop collaborations, acquisition of supplemental library materials and financial sponsorships, the academic library has become a partner in this thriving venture.


shared reading program; common reading program; academic library; collaboration

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