Monday, February 01, 2016

CFP: Theme Issue on Transfer Students and Students in Transition

Reference Services Review is seeking authors to write on the theme of academic library support for transfer students and students in transition.  This population includes students transitioning into and between higher education institutions and programs.  
Examples of topics include (but are not restricted to): 
·         Special information literacy challenges providing instruction to transfer students, such as 
o    Students missing steps in their structured IL program;
o    Students' transition between undergraduate research expectations and graduate school research expectations; and
o    Students' expectations regarding services and tools available at previous libraries.
·         Solutions to transfer student information literacy needs, such as
o    Collaborations with departments outside the library;
o    Outreach and marketing plans; and
o    Tailored information literacy instruction.
·         Studies related to special population groups that transfer students are often drawn from, including
o    Student athletes;
o    Homeschoolers;
o    Veterans; and
o    Non-traditional students.
·         Studies on First Year Student issues shared by transfer students, such as culture shock.
We also welcome best practice and state of the literature reviews. A literature review of existing education research on transfer students and "transfer shock" is planned to introduce the issue.  Examples of other topics include (but are not restricted to):
·         Recent research on transfer students;
·         Integration of transfer students into the campus community; and
·         Transfer student needs.

Proposals/abstracts  are due  April 1, 2016.

Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to: Tammy Ivins, Transfer Student Librarian (

Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly refereed journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference services. RSR covers all aspects of reference functions, including automation of reference services, evaluation and assessment of reference functions and sources, models for delivering quality reference services in all types and sizes of libraries, and development and management of teaching / learning activities, promotion of information literacy programs, and partnerships with other entities to achieve reference goals and objectives.

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