Success through Community: Engagement at Grinnell College Libraries

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This chapter details several activities undertaken by the Grinnell College Libraries to increase student engagement. These activities include student-curated exhibits, events at which students read their own creative and scholarly works for a community audience, a peer mentoring program, ways to engage students in making decisions about how the library is run, and activities that create a feeling of community for diverse students and increase students’ awareness of diverse cultures. Research has shown that students who are more engaged are more likely to succeed in college, and the Grinnell College Libraries believe that their programs to increase student engagement are contributing to the success of Grinnell students.