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Foster, M. & Helbling, K. (2015, May 21). Adult Learners in the Library–Are they Being Served? Library Journal, Peer-to-Peer Review. Retrieved from


Like many academic librarians, after completing the marathon of the traditional school year, we often use the summer semester to reflect, revise, and plan for the upcoming fall. In the summer of 2012, during a casual conversation in which we shared stories about rewarding reference interactions, we stumbled upon an “aha moment,” discovering an opportunity to connect targeted library outreach with an underserved user group. During this exchange, we realized how much we both enjoy working with adult learners and how they always seem genuinely interested in gaining skills to make themselves better library users, and therefore better students. This conversation became the catalyst for an idea of a library course designed specifically for adult learners returning to the classroom.


Originally published by LIbrary Journal in its Peer-to-Peer column, May 21, 2015, at COPYRIGHT LIBRARY JOURNAL © 2015 Based on Makiba Foster and Kris Helbling's 2015 ACRL presentation, Beyond the One Shot: Creating a Course for Sustained Adult Learning."

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