Journal Article: “An Examination of Seed Libraries Across Two Academic Institutions”
The following article was published online today by Urban Library Journal.
Holly M. Dean
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Urban Library Journal, 26 (1)
Seed libraries provide new and engaging outreach possibilities while facilitating healthy sustainable communities. Regardless of the type of institution or organization, seed libraries can facilitate food access and social and environmental sustainability, foster community, and open doors for new partnerships. This article examines the path to develop seed libraries in higher education at two institutions, which in their early stages have proven successful in meeting their missions. The initial seed library was developed at a community college, which inspired and influenced the establishment of an experiential learning initiative at a tier one university. Together these two programs are collaborating across departments to support the greater missions of their institutions, and have worked together to establish an overall community-minded mission. Through this examination it is the authors’ intent to provide a case study for which other higher education institutions can establish seed libraries to support food access and sustainable communities, and enhance student learning.
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35 pages; PDF.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.