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ACRL Report Shows Compelling Evidence of Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

report cover April2016A new report issued by ACRL, “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects,” shows compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success. The report focuses on dozens of projects conducted as part of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) by teams that participated in the second year of the program, from April 2014 to June 2015. Synthesizing more than 60 individual project reports (fully searchable online) and using past findings from projects completed during the first year of the AiA program as context, the report identifies strong evidence of the positive contributions of academic libraries to student learning and success in four key areas:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework. Information literacy initiatives for freshmen and new students underscore that students receiving this instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not.
  2. Library use increases student success. Students who use the library in some way (e.g., circulation, library instruction session attendance, online databases access, study room use, interlibrary loan) achieve higher levels of academic success (e.g., GPA, course grades, retention) than students who did not use the library.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning. Academic library partnerships with other campus units, such as the writing center, academic enrichment, and speech lab, yield positive benefits for students (e.g., higher grades, academic confidence, and retention).
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Libraries improve their institution’s general education outcomes and demonstrate that information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement.

The three-year AiA program is helping over 200 postsecondary institutions of all types create partnerships at their institution to promote library leadership and engagement in campus-wide assessment. Each participating institution establishes a team with a lead librarian and at least two colleagues from other campus units. Team members frequently include teaching faculty and administrators from such departments as the assessment office, institutional research, the writing center, academic technology, and student affairs. Over a 14-month period, the librarians lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of a project that aims to contribute to assessment activities at their institution.

“The findings about library impact in each of the four areas described above are particularly strong because they consistently point to the library as a positive influencing factor on students’ academic success,” said  Karen Brown, who prepared the report and is a professor at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science. “This holds true across different types of institutional settings and with variation in how each particular program or service is designed.”

In addition, there is building evidence of positive library impact in five areas, although they have not been studied as extensively or findings may not be as consistently strong:

  • Student retention improves with library instructional services.
  • Library research consultation services boost student learning.
  • Library instruction adds value to a student’s long-term academic experience.
  • The library promotes academic rapport and student engagement.
  • Use of library space relates positively to student learning and success.

In addition to findings about library impact, participant reflections reveal that a collaborative team-based approach on campus is an essential element of conducting an assessment project and planning for subsequent action. Kara Malenfant, contributor to the report and a senior staff member at ACRL, noted, “The benefits of having diverse team members working together are clear. They achieve common understanding about definitions and attributes of academic success, produce meaningful measures of student learning, align collaborative assessment activities with institutional priorities, create a unified campus message about student learning and success, and focus on transformative and sustainable change.”

Read more in the full report “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects.” The executive summary is available as a separate document, formatted to share broadly with campus stakeholders.

Join a free ACRL Presents live webcast to hear more from the report authors on Monday, May 9, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.) Submit your free registration online by Friday May 6, 2016. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 6. The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

ACRL Becomes Key Dissemination Partner for the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition

NMC, HTW Chur, ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, and TIB Hannover partner with higher education association for libraries to reach more library leaders with timely analysis on technological trends.

 Austin, Texas (April 19) — The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has joined the network of partners behind the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition. Since the inaugural report in 2014, the academic and research library-focused edition of the NMC Horizon Report series has been a collaboration between the NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zürich. In their new role as key dissemination partner, ACRL will help produce and distribute the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition. The release is scheduled for the ACRL 2017 Conference, to be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.

This edition leverages the renowned NMC Horizon Project model that extends the research formally into the world of academic and research libraries. An expert panel will identify the key trends, significant challenges, and developments in technology that will be important to the field worldwide over the next five years. The 2014 and 2015 reports have generated more than 1.7 million downloads across nearly 200 countries. ACRL will increase the visibility of this work given their network of more than 11,000 academic and research librarians. Their bi-annual conference attracts thousands of library professionals across the globe that are interested in the latest research and analysis to inform their strategic planning.

“ACRL is a natural fit for this project as they are a world-class organization with a proven track record of keeping library professionals on the pulse of important trends in the field,” said Larry Johnson, CEO of the NMC and Co-Principal Investigator of the project. “With ACRL as a partner, we plan to effect decision-making on an even broader scale.”

“ACRL is delighted to collaborate with the NMC, whose reports are widely read and respected in higher education. The report provides so much valuable information to help academic and research librarians plan for the future,” said Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL Executive Director. “We are looking forward to releasing it during the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore, March 22-25. I know that its release will be highly anticipated and that it will stimulate many thoughtful conversations.”

“Through the partnership with ACRL, ETH-Bibliothek expects an even broader discourse on the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition in the United States,” noted Franziska Regner, Co-Principal Investigator of the report and Head of Innovation and Development at ETH-Bibliothek, Zürich. “We look forward to this broadening discourse which is an excellent addition to the ongoing dissemination activities in Europe and on other continents.”

“The cooperation with ACRL demonstrates that libraries in Europe, the USA, and many other countries are developing and discussing new services,” shared Lambert Heller, Co-Principal Investigator of the report and Head of the Open Science Lab at TIB Hannover. “This close international exchange is essential if libraries want to help shape the digital age.”

The format of the report is designed to provide library leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice. The subject matter in this report will be identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in libraries, education, technology, research, business, and other fields around a set of research questions. The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition will detail the areas in which these experts are in strong agreement.

The report, like all others in the series, will be made available online, free of charge, and released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

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About the New Media Consortium (NMC)

Founded in 1993, the NMC is an international community of experts in educational technology — from the practitioners who work with new technologies on campuses every day; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs, and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the expert panels and others helping the NMC conduct cutting edge research. The role of the NMC is to help hundreds of member universities, colleges, museums, and organizations drive innovation across their campuses. This is accomplished by the NMC performing research that catalyzes discussion, convening people around new ideas, and building communities that encourage exploration and experimentation. To learn more, visit www.nmc.org.

 About the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

ACRL is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is the largest division of the American Library Association (ALA). ACRL’s current membership accounts for nearly 20% of the total ALA membership. To learn more, visit www.ala.org/acrl.

About ETH-Bibliothek Zürich

The ETH-Bibliothek, established in 1855, is the main library serving the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the largest public natural scientific and technical library in Switzerland. It has a major influence on technical developments in Swiss libraries in general. The extensive information resources held by the ETH-Bibliothek range from traditional media such as printed books and journals to electronic data resources. The collections cover all the specialist fields of education and research at ETH Zürich: Architecture and Civil Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, System-oriented Natural Sciences, and Management and Social Sciences. For more information, visit www.library.ethz.ch/en.

 About the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover

The TIB, founded in 1959 in Hannover, is the German National Library of Science and Technology, and also encompasses the fields of architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. In its specialist fields it provides researchers and industry practitioners and, as a university library, students and teaching staff of Leibniz Universität Hannover with literature and information in both printed and electronic form. The library has outstanding collections of fundamental and highly specialized literature on science and technology. The collections also comprise knowledge objects, irrespective of the physical form, such as research data, 3D models, and audiovisual media. To learn more about TIB, visit www.tib.eu/en.

 About University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur

The University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur was founded in 1963 and is a member of the Universities of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO). With approximately 1600 students, HTW Chur is a public federal institution with national and international flair, where bachelor, master and further education studies are offered in the six faculties of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Information Science, Management, Media and Communication, ICT/Technology, and Tourism. For more information on HTW Chur, visit: www.htwchur.ch/en.html.

The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans

PrintACRL announces the publication of The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans, edited by Nancy Fawley and Nikki Krysak.

The Discovery Tool Cookbook showcases tested lessons by librarians and practitioners for teaching information literacy using a discovery tool. The third volume in the successful ACRL Cookbook series features “recipes” sorted by lesson type and level of student preparedness, including all the information needed to replicate (or customize) each dish. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is infused in each of the 49 lessons, which suit a mix of abilities, learning outcomes, and patron types, including K-12 and ELL students. The cookbook highlights many options for flipping instruction to maximize learning outside of the classroom.

The Discovery Tool Cookbook is essential for all academic and school librarians wanting to create fun lesson plans that incorporate a discovery layer.

The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library

Managing CreatviityACRL announces the publication of Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library. Written by Ron Jantz, Managing Creativity is number 70 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship monographic series.

How do groups of people come together to produce something not only truly useful but also a breakthrough that propels users to another level of creativity and productivity? Is an innovative library culture essential for the future of the research library and, if so, how is this culture to be realized? In addressing these questions, Managing Creativity presents a rich and rigorous analysis of the environmental, organizational, and individual characteristics that promote innovation in the library.

The need for library leaders to understand and manage the innovation process cannot be overstated. In this volume, theory, research, and an empirical study of 50 research libraries are all used to inform readers about the complex process of innovation and organizational change. For the research model, Jantz has created a unique dependent variable—innovation performance. He clearly explains the vocabulary of organizational change and demonstrates empirically the effects of the library leadership team, the singular leader, organizational structure, the external environment, and the decision process on the innovativeness of the research library.

Managing Creativity is written primarily for academic library leaders, future leaders, managers, and administrators who want to create a culture of innovation in their institutions. It also provides an overview of much of the theory and empirical evidence found in the literature of innovation studies and, as such, can serve as additional reading in courses on management in library and information science programs.

Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

C&RL News – March 2016

C&RL News March 2016

The March 2016 issue C&RL News is now freely available online.

With the coming of spring, many libraries are beginning the hiring process for new staffing in earnest. In their article “Virtual vetting,” Christine Bombaro, Jessica L. Howard, and Anna Kozlowska provide advice for successful virtual interviews for both interviewees and search panels.

It is not too early to start planning outreach programs for the summer and fall. Librarians from Western Carolina University discuss their summer faculty program, based in part on the popular website Apartment Therapy. Jenny Erdmann and Patty H. Clark write about their experiences with student athletes as “Librarians in the huddle.”

Carrie Russell of the ALA Washington Office and Ed Sanchez of Marquette University discuss the impact of piracy on information policy and what librarians can do to take action in their article “Sci-Hub unmasked.”

This month’s Scholarly Communication column features a report of the June 2015 “ARL Library Liaison Institute. The institute brought together 50 liaison librarians to discuss and measure the impact of liaison work, including on the scholarly communication system.

We feature two related The Way I See It essays this issue. First, Elizabeth Choinski of the University of Mississippi writes about the difficulty of identifiying librarians’ academic rank when looking for outside reviewers in the promotion and tenure process. Paula Kaufman then discusses her efforts to create a database tracking information about past directors of ARL libraries.

This month we continue our look at the upcoming ALA/ACRL elections with responses from the candidates for ALA vice-president/president-elect to questions from the ACRL Board of Directors and a list of ACRL members running for ALA Council.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the first round of profiles of 2016 ACRL award winners and Internet Resources on “Telemedicine” by Angela K. Gooden.

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