The A. Philip Randolph Memorial Library, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), in collaboration with Ithaka S+R, will conduct research on college fluency—a set of abilities that enable students and staff to effectively locate and use relevant college services, programs, and resources—to enhance the abilities of academic librarians and library workers to serve community college students.

Group of eleven diverse BMCC students standing and smiling with arms around each other
BMCC Students (image credit: Louis Chan)

Research activities will include collecting case studies at institutions with existing programs addressing college fluency those without current models and analyzing the findings, as well as conducting and analyzing a national survey of stakeholders across community colleges. The project team will write a capstone report and disseminate findings through evidence-based publications, workshops, traditional and social media, and conference presentations.

This research project will result in new knowledge and research-driven resources for librarians in best practices for meeting novel student needs related to college fluency.

This project is funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-252364-OLS).