Internationalization And The North American University Library by Karen BordonaroInternationalization And The North American University Library by Karen Bordonaro

Internationalization And The North American University Library

byKaren Bordonaro

Hardcover | August 8, 2013

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This book offers a fresh perspective on understanding university library work with international users in North America. It investigates what librarians, international students, and international scholars perceive the role of the university library to be in internationalization in higher education. It also explores the phenomenon of internationalization itself as it is lived and experienced by both librarians and international users.Personal definitions and experiences of internationalization offered by librarians and international users include viewing internationalization as the broadening of knowledge on multiple levels, the idea of seeing oneself as part of a greater whole, and the building of international research connections. Both librarians and international users describe elements of internationalization such as exposure, awareness, engagement, empathy, and transcending boundaries. Inherent contradictions are present as well, such as the stronger emphasis on defining differences rather than similarities and the disconnect between inward and outward looking aspects of internationalization.Finally, this book connects theoretical perspectives concerning the phenomenon of internationalization to the practice of academic librarianship in North America. It does this by presenting what librarians in both the United States and Canada think about working with international users in terms of benefits, challenges, and best practices. Practical lessons learned include the need to move beyond focusing solely on the linguistic and cultural challenges of working with international users to also consider the positive aspects of working with them, such as widening worldviews and expanding personal knowledge.
Karen Bordonaro is the Teaching and Learning Librarian /Liaison Librarian for Applied Linguistics and Modern Languages at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario
Title:Internationalization And The North American University LibraryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.17 × 6.26 × 0.69 inPublished:August 8, 2013Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810891832

ISBN - 13:9780810891838


Table of Contents

Introduction: Why another Book about International Students and Libraries?Chapter 1: Internationalization in Higher Education and the University Library Chapter 2: The Role of the University Library in Internationalization: Librarian VoicesChapter 3: The Role of the University Library in Internationalization: International Student VoicesChapter 4: The Role of the University Library in Internationalization: International Scholar VoicesChapter 5: The Role of the University Library in Internationalization: American and Canadian Perspectives Chapter 6: The Phenomenon of Internationalization: Points of ConvergenceChapter 7: Putting It All Together: Informing the Practice of Academic LibrarianshipSelected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

Karen Bordonaro has written this book to provide a more complete picture of the role of the library in the internationalization of the university. . . . Bordonaro has produced a study that contributes significantly to our understanding of the role of internationalization in the universities of both Canada and the United States as well as the key role that a library should play in that process. What distinguishes this study from others is that she places the library in the broader context of institutional policy and practice and she views the library through the lens of actual international students and visiting scholars whom she interviewed extensively at two institutions, one in Canada and the other in the United States. The insights she gleans from those interviews are very useful for libraries attempting to be relevant to international users. . . .The book contains a great deal of sage and practical advice for librarians planning services for international students. The focus of the book is on engaging such students in positive and relevant interactions that actually meet their needs as they view them as opposed to how librarians might see those needs. Giving voice to international users of North American libraries is the most important aspect of this book.This is a must read for North American librarians serious about serving international students and contributing positively to their institution's efforts to broaden perspectives on campus by increasing their global presence and programs.