“Student Needs are Academic Needs” and the Theological Library
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Trends in the Association of Theological Schools and at the presenters’ seminary indicate increasing diversity of backgrounds and shifting student needs. A 2019 study by ITHAKA S+R of community college students, a population with substantial diversity, indicates a wider variety of student needs than what have traditionally been considered “academic needs.” It makes the case that all student needs are academic needs, many of which can be supported by the library. This aligns with the presenters’ view of their students’ needs and the library’s potential role. A discussion followed of the ways libraries can contribute with “service models” that respond to changing student needs.
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