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Education Libraries, v33 n1 p24-30 Spr 2010

Student retention rates have long been a topic among school administrators, but it is an issue barely mentioned in library circles. This article will discuss the role the academic library can play in increasing and maintaining student retention rates on campus. By focusing briefly on four main topics, including reaching out to students early and often, getting them in the library door and getting them to stay, the reader will be able to see the broad picture of how crucial libraries are to fighting student attrition.

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Student Attrition, School Holding Power, Administrators, Library Role, Librarians, Campuses, Higher Education, Information Literacy, Library Materials, College Freshmen, Literacy

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Author: Blackburn, Heidi


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