Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students

Information for Chapter Authors

Book’s Working Title

Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students

Edited by

Crystal Renfro & Cheryl Stiles, Kennesaw State University



Overview of Book

Graduate Students are critical stakeholders for academic libraries, and as libraries continue to reinvent themselves to remain relevant, spaces, services and instruction targeted specifically for the needs of the graduate student community are critical.

Completed Chapters are expected to be between 1,500 – 4,500 words.

Structure for Table of Contents

Section 1: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • How Graduate Students differ from undergraduates and faculty: A literature review
  • Serving Online (Hybrid) Students
  • Serving Online-only Students
  • Serving the PhD
  • Serving STEM Graduate Students
  • Serving International Graduate Students
  • Serving the Professional Graduate Student (could be more than one chapter, each focused on different types of Professional Programs which are very distinct)
  • Serving the multiple roles of graduate students (GRA; Student; Teaching Assistant, etc.)

Section 2: Structures: Organizational; Technical; Spatial

  • Different library organizational structures to support graduate students
  • Technical needs of graduate students
  • Spaces for graduate students
  • Consultation models for serving graduate students

Section 3: Traditional Librarian Functions meet Graduate Students’ needs

  • ILL and serving Graduate Students
  • Workshops for Graduate Students
  • Information literacy and graduate students or ACRL Framework applied to graduate student interactions
  • Data and Graduate students
  • Digital Thesis & Capstone Processes
  • Productivity Tools for Graduate Students and/or Citation Managers
  • The Academic Research Cycle

Section 4: Partnerships

  • Collaboration with other university units
  • Collaboration with graduate associations and clubs
  • Collaboration with vendors
  • Collaboration with Professional Organizations

Chapter Guidelines

Length: Final Chapter will be between 1,500-4,500 words.

Style: Manuscripts should be 12 point, double-spaced. Endnotes use Chicago Manual 17th Edition. Additional details on citation style and author rights from our publisher are here.

Author(s): Name(s), Institution(s), job title(s), Short 2 sentence bio listing how the author(s) is/are involved with graduate students.

Chapter Submission: When you are satisfied that your chapter is ready, please upload as a revision through the Digital Commons portal. To submit revisions, use the Revise Submission link on your original proposal page. A link to that proposal is also at the bottom of the email acceptance document.

Important Dates:

  • Full Chapters Due: November 30, 2017
  • Edited Chapters Returned: January 31, 2018
  • Final Revised Chapters due: February 19, 2018

Please contact Crystal Renfro at with any questions regarding your proposal or the submission system.