Leveraging the 21st Century Library: Opportunities for Collaboration to Support Student Success

Sponsored by Ithaka S+R
Recorded on 01/25/2022

Posted in Library Leadership and Management

How can the library help promote and support student success in today’s learning environment?


The library is well positioned to play a key role in supporting student success—helping to increase student learning, develop a sense of community, provide technological resources, and act as a hub for many other services. How can the library’s unique role be maximized to enhance both institutional and student success? 

Join us for a webinar to learn more about how libraries can collaborate with student and academic affairs and information technology offices to promote student success. Drawing on the findings from a national survey of community college library directors, speakers will describe the services libraries are providing now, the impact of the pandemic on those services, and strategies for collaborating with other campus units. Attendees will learn how to examine and strengthen library support for students’ academic and technological needs.


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    Melissa Blankstein

    Surveys AnalystIthaka S+R

    Melissa Blankstein is a surveys analyst at Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit research service, where she supports a multitude of large-scale research projects studying the attitudes and practices of faculty members, students, administrators, and library leaders to provide critical evidence and inform strategic decision-making.

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    Terra Jacobson

    Dean, Learning Resource CenterMoraine Valley Community College

    Terra Jacobson has been the dean of the Learning Resource Center at Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, IL) since 2016 and has worked in community college libraries since 2009.  She has a M.S. in Information Science (Indiana University, Bloomington) as well as a M.S. in Library Science (Indiana University, Bloomington). Terra is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Information Studies (Dominican University, IL). Terra was a recipient of the ALA College Libraries Section Innovation in College Librarianship award. She participates locally with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) DEI Taskforce and works extensively with the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC). Additionally, she works nationally on the ACRL Standards Committee, the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board and the CJCLS Scholarly Research Committee.  Her current research interests are in the area of academic library assessment, benchmarking, and the value of community college libraries. 

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    Spencer Brayton

    Director of Library ServicesWaubonsee Community College

    Spencer Brayton is Director of Library Services at Waubonsee Community College (northeastern Illinois) and together with Natasha Casey (Blackburn College), he has co-authored several articles in the areas of media and information literacy. He has also presented at and/or served in various capacities for the following organizations: National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Canadian Association of Academic Librarians (CAPAL), Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), International Critical Media Literacy Conference, International Media Literacy Research Symposium, and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Spencer holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Management from the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL).