Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Call for Chapters – The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook

Call for Chapters – The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook
The First-Year Experience Library Cookbook is seeking recipes!
We’re looking for practice-based examples of lesson plans or projects that support First-Year and transfer students (ACRL Publications). We are seeking informative and approachable plans that librarians can implement to support these groups – they can be related to information literacy, assessment, programming, outreach, or other topics of interest.
Recipes will follow the Cookbook format. Your 500-to-700-word submission must describe a successful lesson plan or activity that support First-Year or transfer students.

Recipes will also include:
●      Recipe name (a.k.a. your “chapter” title)
●      Your name, university or other affiliation, and email
●      Potential cookbook category (see below)
Cookbook categories:
Part I:  Dessert First! Creating First-Year Library Orientations
Library orientation lesson or program plans.
Examples include:
  • Innovative library orientations
  • Scavenger hunts with a twist
  • Interactive orientations, video orientations, etc.
  • Social media use during library orientations
  • Orientations for transfer, international, or other specific groups of students

Part II:  Library Instruction Appetizers
Lesson plans and learning activities focused on general First-Year students or specific groups/cohorts of First-Year students. Examples include:
  • General First-Year student lesson plans
  • Making the most of one-shots
  • Threshold Concepts for First-Year students
  • Information literacy in the STEM classroom
  • Embedded librarianship (First-Year writing, business courses, communications, etc.)
  • International students
  • First generation college students
  • Student athletes
  • Distance education students
  • Honor students

Part III: Cheese please! FYE Programs and the Academic Library
Plans or projects that showcase successful partnerships specifically with First-Year Experience programs. Examples include:
  • FYE programs
  • FYE projects
  • Innovative FYE partnerships
  • Curriculum mapping within the FYE
  • IL training for FYE instructors
  • Collaborative summer reading projects with the FYE program

Part IV: To Whip or to Blend? Creating Library Programs for First-Year Students
Spotlights innovative collaborations and partnerships with various academic departments and campus units that support student learning, wellbeing, and development in the First-Year, excluding FYE programs. Examples include:
  • General library programs for First-Year students
  • Programs focused on at-risk students
  • Transfer students
  • Teaching academic integrity and plagiarism to First-Year students
  • International students
  • Upward Bound / HS to college experience transition
  • Veteran, nontraditional, students with Disabilities, etc.
  • LGBT students
  • DREAM Students
  • Honor students
  • Collaborations with high school librarians
  • Connections/collaborations with writing/CORE programs for First-Year students
  • Outreach to First-Year learning communities
  • Health and wellness programming
  • Peer mentoring
  • Faculty training programs
  • Personal librarian programming
  • Building junior reading/leisure reading collections aimed at First-Year students
  • Programming in diversity awareness
  • Summer programs  
  • Curriculum mapping

Part V: Taste Testing: Assessing the Library First-Year Experience
Case studies, practical examples, and best practices of assessment activities in the First-Year. Examples include:
  • Assessing threshold concepts in the First-Year
  • IL rubrics in the classroom
  • First-Year Student Council or Advisory Board for the Library
  • Focus groups
  • Assessment toolkit
  • Outreach assessment
  • Program assessment (Assessment in Action examples encouraged)
  • Ethnographic research
Email your draft recipes by April 29, 2016
Notifications will be sent out in June 2016
Final recipes will be due on August 1, 2016
Email us at with any questions. Please refer to the The Library Instruction Cookbook (ACRL 2009) and The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook (ACRL 2014) for examples of format and tone. We are willing to be flexible with wording, style, and topics.  Creativity encouraged!
We look forward to your proposals!
Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno
Meggan Houlihan, First-Year and Instructional Services Librarian, NYU Abu Dhabi