Kara Malenfant

 

Academic Library Contributions to Student Success: Documented Practices from the FieldACRL has released a new report “Academic Library Contributions to Student Success: Documented Practices from the Field” which synthesizes results from over 70 higher education institutions from across North America which recently completed team-based assessment projects. These projects, from the first year of Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA), resulted in promising and effective approaches to demonstrating the library’s value to students’ academic success.

The findings from the assessment work of the first cohort of campus teams are impressive. By demonstrating the variety of ways that libraries contribute to student learning and success, academic librarians are establishing connections between such academic success outcomes as student retention, persistence, GPA, engagement, graduation, career preparedness, and different aspects of the library (e.g., instruction, reference, space and facilities, and collections).

Many of the projects are replicable at other academic libraries or contain elements that can be adapted to a college or university’s unique institutional context. Libraries can learn about ideas and strategies that promote evidence-based demonstrations of an academic library’s contributions to student learning and success through the wide variety of projects. Find out more:

AiA is a three-year project sponsored by the ACRL in partnership with the Association of Institutional Research and the Association of Public Land-grant Universities, and with funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. When the project concludes in 2016, over 200 higher education institutions will have participated in developing assessment methods and tools.

Interested in participating in the next round of Assessment in Action? ACRL is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 125 additional teams. Apply by March 4, 2015, to participate in the third year of the program, April 2015-June 2016.

 

Assessment in Action LogoACRL is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 125 teams to participate in the third year of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA),” made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and described on the ACRL website.

Librarians will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action-learning project which examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. They will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. AiA employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer community of practice over the course of the 14-month long program, which runs from April 2015-June 2016. The AiA program, undertaken by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, is a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative.

In order to apply, each prospective institution must identify a team consisting of a librarian team leader and at least two additional team members from other campus units (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researcher, or academic administrator). The application requires two essays — the first describes the team’s project goals and the second describes the goals of the librarian team leader — and statements of support from the library dean/director and campus chief academic officer. There is a registration fee of $1,200 for participating in the third year of the AiA program. For the first two years, the IMLS grant covered the majority of the costs for developing and delivering the AiA program; in the third year, the grant will subsidize only part of the costs.

Read full details about participating in the third year and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. There will be an online forum in February (date TBA) where you can learn more. Or attend the session Update on ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative to be held from 1:00 — 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

 

Assessment in Action LogoACRL will be seeking applications for an additional 125 teams from all types of higher education institutions to participate in the third year of the ACRL program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA).” The website describing how to apply for the third year of AiA, which will run from April 2015 – June 2016, is now up to date. The online application itself will be available in mid-January and due in early March 2015.

During this 14-month program, which employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network, librarians will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action learning project which examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. They will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. The AiA program, made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is undertaken by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. AiA is a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative.

Stay tuned for an announcement in mid January when the online application is available. In the meantime, contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions at kmalenfant@ala.org or 800-545-2433, ext 2510.

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