B03. Reading Together: Creating Sustainable Garbology Programs
At the start of the 2015 academic year, members of Rowan University Campbell Library's reference department, marketing office, and Digital Scholarship Center worked together to develop innovative programming to support the school's common reading assignment. Before beginning their freshman year, all new students were required to readGarbology by Edward Humes. The library participated by joining faculty discussion groups, creating a Libguide, leading student dorm talks, organizing a field trip to a landfill, and hosting a trivia night. Accomplishing these tasks required new partnerships with the Office of Social Justice and Inclusion and the Student Center. Library staff supplemented the activities with displays and specialized collection development. In previous years, the library had no involvement with the common reading assignment, so the high level of activity represents an unprecedented level of community involvement. The partnerships formed to support Garbology programming can be leveraged for future ideas and projects.