There is rich scholarly literature about book clubs in school and public libraries, in no small part because book clubs have been an important part of programming for these types of libraries for a while. We chose not to include that literature here.  Though there may be pedagogical overlap for why these library types choose to run book clubs (encourage reading, build community), we felt strongly that the focus should be on academic libraries.


At your library and campus:

Think about what purpose you want your club to serve: building community? Highlighting marginalized voices? Promoting reading? Having scholarly conversation? Showing the breadth of services that an academic library can provide? Whichever purpose(s) you choose, make the goals clear in your vision statement and in the promotion of your club, to set the right expectations.



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Book Clubs in Academic Libraries: A Case Study and Toolkit by Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman and Alaina C. Bull is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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