Supporting the Whole Student: Leveraging Leisure Reading for Academic Success

Sponsored by OverDrive Academic
Recorded on 10/04/2022

Posted in Collection Development and Management

How can academic librarians enable access to leisure reading to better serve their campus communities?


The research is clear: Access to leisure reading is hugely beneficial for college students – for a wide range of reasons. But what exactly does this mean for today’s academic librarians working to meet evolving needs while navigating often uncertain financial waters?

In this eye-opening presentation, OverDrive Academic will explore the experiences of librarians who are successfully leaning into leisure reading to better serve their unique campus communities. Penguin Random House Library Marketing will join to share insights into Millennial and Gen Z leisure reading habits, and present a short book buzz highlighting titles that are igniting a passion for leisure reading and learning.

Attendees will learn the best practices these librarians have embraced to better support the whole student and academic excellence. We’ll look at strategies in title selection, review the most popular formats, budgeting and much more.


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    Jessica Minihan Rigg

    Acquisitions LibrarianGeorgia Southern University

    Jessica Minihan Rigg is the Acquisitions Librarians at Georgia Southern University. In her role at the Georgia Southern University Libraries, she strives to provide access to the books, journals, and other resources that students and faculty need quickly and effectively.

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    Traci Egan

    Account Manager OverDrive Academic

    Traci Egan is an account manager at OverDrive Academic who partners with higher education libraries to develop digital title collections for recreational and curriculum needs of students, faculty, and staff. Prior to OverDrive, she worked in retail bookselling with Barnes & Noble and Borders Books & Music in sales and event marketing.

  • Hugo Bresson

    Library Sales Senior ManagerPenguin Random House

    Hugo joined the Penguin Random House Library Marketing & Sales team in 2013. He is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ literature, and loves to read mystery, fantasy, literary fiction, and history.

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