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Virginia Community College System Office
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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
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L21-Community Anchors Research

Northern Virginia Community College, six partner community colleges, and a not-for-profit research service, Ithaka S + R, will develop and assess a series of concepts for innovative services with the goal of improving library support of community college student success. The project features three methodological phases, discovery, service concept development, and assessment. Interviews will be conducted with at least 50 students from the partnering colleges, which are four CUNY colleges (Borough of Manhattan, Bronx, LaGuardia, and Queensboro), Monroe Community College of the SUNY system in upstate New York, and Pierce Community College District in Washington. The project team will generate two research reports: one on student perspectives, practices, and needs, and a second providing specific assessments of service models. It will also yield a toolkit that can be further adopted by community colleges nationally to test service concepts or develop and assess additional service concepts specifically relevant for their populations.