Session Description

With more than 1 million international students attend U.S. colleges, their libraries are finding themselves in demand for instruction to a growing ESL student population. ESL students often come to the United States with both the strength and weakness of a differing cultural background, and it is our job as instructional librarians to help them merge those differences with available library resources. This session describes best practices for dealing with language barriers and cultural differences in library instruction to this population.

Type of Library

Community College Library; College Library; University Library


ESL, international students, library instruction, information literacy, college students

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
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May 28th, 1:00 PM May 28th, 1:50 PM

Avoiding the Ivory Tower of Babel:​ Library Instruction for ESL Students