Although extensive research has looked at first-generation college students’ experiences, very little has examined the role of the library. This article reports the results of an asset-based exploratory study understanding the experiences of first-generation college students at three universities. Key findings of this study focus on themes of self-advocacy, sense of belonging, library customization, and integration of the library with the larger campus. This article discusses these key themes in the context of improving library services and spaces, ultimately providing more inclusive resources for all student groups. Implications and recommendations for professional practice are discussed.
portal: Libraries and the Academy
First-generation; college; library; asset-based; services; spaces
Johns Hopkins University Press
Couture, Juliann; Bretón, Jimena; Dommermuth, Emily; Floersch, Natasha; Ilett, Darren; Nowak, Kristine; Roberts, Lindsay; and Watson, Renae, ""We're Gonna Figure This Out": First-Generation Students and Academic Libraries" (2021). University Libraries Faculty Publications and Presentations. 127.