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Academic libraries and outreach services through precollege programs: A proactive collaboration

Melba Jesudason (Senior academic librarian, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 1 April 1993


In this time of severe national budget deficit, all programs are reviewed for trimming/downsizing and effectiveness. Just as educational systems are evaluated for trimming, so are school and academic library services. This article will address why it is crucial to have close linkages between school and academic libraries through articulation programs to avoid duplication and waste of human resources, and explain how articulation can be initiated through precollege programs offered by colleges and universities. It will focus on why academic libraries participate in precollege access programs, highlight how collaboration between school and academic libraries helps the “town and gown” community relationship, and point out how precollege programs help minority students and university recruitment and retention efforts. As an example, it will describe the outreach program of the College Library at the University of Wisconsin‐Madi‐son. The article concludes by discussing the future goals of strengthening and broadening the participation of academic libraries in precollege access programs.


Jesudason, M. (1993), "Academic libraries and outreach services through precollege programs: A proactive collaboration", Reference Services Review, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 29-96.




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