Literature Review

There is a ballooning of articles on book clubs in academic libraries over the past few years, indicative, perhaps, of the growing engagement and role that academic libraries are playing in the extracurricular programming arena.  Though many similarities emerge (incentivizing through providing books and refreshments), the goals of the clubs differed substantially.

Several broader themes emerged:

  1. book clubs to increase reading engagement;
  2. book clubs to promote interpersonal communication
  3. book clubs to promote dialogic learning; and
  4. book clubs for community building.


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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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