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Library programming, student engagement, co-curricular experiences, book clubs, virtual programming, collaborative outreach, belonging, student perceptions, cross-campus collaboration, learning outcomes


This article presents the University of South Florida’s Virtual Book Club, created and continually improved during a time of social isolation (COVID-19 pandemic). Implementation steps taken are discussed, presenting practical considerations to others who may wish to replicate this program. Additionally, this article explores findings from a program evaluation survey. Through engagement with the club, students reported enhanced feelings of connection, as well as improved learning outcomes. Authors posit that meaningful cross-campus collaboration can lead to positive community outreach, facilitate deep engagement, and build community regardless of distance.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning on 05/05/2022, available online:

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