Rethinking Library Services for First-Generation Students: Using Habitus as a Framework for Reevaluating Existing Models
- first-generation students,
- critical librarianship,
- critical pedagogy
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This paper explores the results of our research into the needs of primarily first-generation students as they begin their college careers. We seek to understand attitudinal dimensions regarding retention and how first-generation students’ perceive libraries and library services as a touchpoint in their education. Particular to this study is our utilization of Pierre Bourdieu’s notion of Habitus as a founding theoretical framework. By using this theory, we are able to turn student input into a useful model while maintaining the individuality of the student and also attempting to dissuade harmful and problematic notions of essentialism. This project additionally explores tenets of Critical Librarianship like self-reflection, critical thinking, and examination of teaching practices.