High school students' transition to college-level research is often discussed among school library and media specialists and academic librarians. The authors conducted a survey to gather data about the academic library's role in the adjustment to college, with the intention to identify compelling or recurring themes and share the results in multiple studies, each narrow in scope. For this study, the authors present a focused analysis of a subset of survey data. More specifically, they analyze the motivations and challenges associated with supporting the college transition as reported by academic librarians who identified K–12 outreach as one of their primary duties. Respondents indicate that their chief motivation is the desire to prepare high school students for a successful academic adjustment to college, regardless of where they eventually enroll. The main challenge the librarians experience is a lack of resources (specifically time, staffing, and money). The authors also situate this subset of survey data among relevant literature on college readiness and library first-year experience to advocate for academic librarians' support of college research readiness.


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