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P-16 Outreach: Easing the Transition to Academic Libraries: Home

This guide was created to supplement the 'P-16 Outreach: Easing the Transition to Academic Libraries' poster presentation at the Texas Library Association 2016 Annual Conference.

P-16 Outreach: Easing the Transition to Academic Libraries

This guide was created as an additional resource for the "P-16 Outreach: Easing the Transition to Academic Libraries" poster presentation at the Texas Library Association 2016 Annual Conference.

In 2015, the Promotions team for Alkek Library at Texas State University created a subgroup specifically dedicated to community outreach.  The Community Outreach group is striving to foster collaboration between Alkek Library, local communities, and local libraries.   One initiative taken in 2015 was collaborating with the Center for P-16 Initiatives at Texas State University in hosting participants of their summer C.A.P. (College Access Project) Camp.  The Center and its programming are aimed at improving college readiness and success for traditionally underserved students in Central Texas.  To preemptively alleviate “library anxiety” endemic to new college students, the Community Outreach group planned a day-long set of activities to introduce the participating high school and middle school students to the range of services and resources available at academic libraries.  Included in the poster are some of the day’s activities, assessment results, and guidance for future participation.

Tricia Boucher, User Experience Librarian
Liz Sisemore, Learning Commons Librarian
Rory Elliott, Specialized Collections Librarian


What are P-16 Initiatives?

According to the Texas Education Agency, P-16 is:

An integrated system of education stretching from preschool (the P) through a four-year college degree (grade 16). It is designed to improve student achievement by getting children off to a good start, raising academic standards, conducting appropriate assessments, improving teacher quality and generally smoothing student transitions from one level of learning to the next. It also focuses on helping all children meet the proficiency levels needed to succeed at the next education level and in the workforce. The P-16 philosophy supports students during their early education and K-12 public school experience and builds a bridge from high school completion to postsecondary success.


From the Center for P-16 Initiatives at Texas State University:

The primary goals of P-16 programs are to:

  1. Improve college access and success for economically disadvantaged students in Central Texas (eg., financial literacy and FAFSA assistance, academic preparation, and college life) 
  2. Improve college readiness and college success for students in Central Texas.
  3. Provide information and opportunity for pre-kindergarten children learning with an emphasis on early literacy

Programs offered at Texas State University are G-Force Mentoring Program, Generation Texas, and Summer Programming such as College Access Project (C.A.P.) Camp.