Proposal Title

Enriching Interventions: The Intersection of University Data and the Academic Library

Track

Research Proposal / Assessment of Student Learning

Proposal Abstract

This session will consider the effect of personal research sessions and research method instruction in the library on undergraduate success. Put differently, do library interventions lead to higher grade point averages or to higher retention and graduation rates in first-generation students? Based on our experiences and case studies from the literature, we will present examples of collaboration between offices of student support and the Office of Institutional Research. We encourage participants to share their models for achieving student success.

Proposal Description

As part of strategic planning in academic libraries, librarians are beginning to focus more on language and approach common to the college/university assessment office. Librarians are using student learning outcomes and key performance indicators from the institution as a whole, as well as from academic departments, to craft surveys, focus groups, strategic plans and instructional goals for a more in-depth approach to research and instruction. This pairs well with the Association of College & Research Libraries’ new Framework for Information Literacy. The Framework is used to grow and re-shape many instruction programs in academic libraries, and it brings librarians’ goals closer to the curricular goals of faculty and administration. We discuss this in terms of the overlap between library assessment and the broader assessment on campuses, and we consider what happens when multiple bodies on campus are conducting interventions for improved student learning (e.g., how can we attribute success to any one intervention? Or, more realistically, how can we design assessments to capture the work of those departments conducting those interventions?).

In this presentation, we will use case studies to show how data can be best gathered and applied within the context of library intervention, specifically personal research sessions and research method instruction. Further, we will show methods that work best for disaggregating data, giving administrators clear definitions of success and still-weak points especially in terms of specific target groups, while still protecting the integrity of the university’s data.

In this presentation, using the literature to supplement our own experiences, we will demonstrate how data can be best gathered and applied within the context of library intervention, specifically personal research sessions and research method instruction. Further, case studies will show methods that work best for disaggregating data, giving administrators clear definitions of success and still-weak points especially in terms of specific target groups.

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Room 5

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Mar 29th, 9:00 AM Mar 29th, 9:45 AM

Enriching Interventions: The Intersection of University Data and the Academic Library

Room 5

This session will consider the effect of personal research sessions and research method instruction in the library on undergraduate success. Put differently, do library interventions lead to higher grade point averages or to higher retention and graduation rates in first-generation students? Based on our experiences and case studies from the literature, we will present examples of collaboration between offices of student support and the Office of Institutional Research. We encourage participants to share their models for achieving student success.