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Title: Student Success through Libraries: A Mixed-Methods Model for Assessing and Demonstrating Library Value


1
Student Successthrough LibrariesA
Mixed-Methods Model for Assessing and
Demonstrating Library Value
  • Jamie Edwards
  • Library Research Innovative Practice Forum
  • June 4, 2015

2
Overview
  • Background
  • Problem
  • Methods
  • Findings
  • Implications
  • Recommendations
  • Conclusions

University of Maryland Jamie Edwards June 4,
2015
Student Success through Libraries
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Background
  • Library value to the community
  • Serving the learning and research mission of the
    institution
  • Services and resources
  • Learning and accountability
  • Assessment in academic libraries
  • Student success

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Problem
  • How can libraries demonstrate and improve their
    role in helping students achieve success
  • Intersections of the library and the student
    experience
  • Physical and electronic collections
  • Space
  • Skills training and workshops
  • Variety of methods
  • Holistic model

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Methods
  • Used ACRL guidelines and research to identify
    areas of library impact on student success
  • Created rubric of REAL student outcomes
  • Recruitment/retention/graduation
  • Engagement/experience
  • Achievement
  • Learning

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Methods
  • Used EBSCO Library Information Science Source
  • Found 489 relevant records from 2010 to 2015
  • Chose 50 studies based on the REAL rubric
  • Analyzed the studies, created concept matrix
  • Used matrix and findings to recommend holistic
    model

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Findings
  • Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation
  • Nine studies mostly quantitative methods
  • Library resources (collections, staff, expenses,
    etc.)
  • Most looked at retention
  • Existing data sets surveys
  • Quantitative found weak, but statistically
    significant and positive correlations of library
    usage and retention, etc.
  • Qualitative found positive student perceptions

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2015
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Findings
  • Engagement and Experience
  • Sixteen studies mostly qualitative methods
  • Relationship between needs and perceptions
  • Use of library space, services, resources
  • Nearly all used surveys and questionnaires
  • Several used methods similar to ethnographic
    study (e.g., observations, focus groups,
    interviews, etc.)
  • Qualitative methods provided rich results in
    identifying needs perceptions very positive

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2015
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Findings
  • Achievement
  • Nine studies only quantitative methods
  • GPA as proxy for achievement
  • E-resources, book loans, instruction
  • Existing library and campus data sets
  • Data privacy
  • Weak, but statistically significant and positive
    correlations of library usage and GPA

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2015
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Findings
  • Learning
  • Sixteen studies mostly qualitative methods
  • Information literacy
  • Library instruction delivery method
    effectiveness
  • Direct measures pre/post tests, assignments,
    citation analysis
  • Indirect measures surveys, focus groups,
    interviews
  • Qualitative largely positive reflections of
    learning
  • Quantitative mixed results

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2015
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Implications
  • Trends
  • Recruitment/retention/graduation mostly
    quantitative methods with existing data sets
  • Engagement/experience mostly qualitative methods
    similar to ethnography on student
    needs/perceptions
  • Achievement quantitative analysis of
    relationship between library use and GPA
  • Learning mostly qualitative analysis of
    information literacy and perception of library
    instruction

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Implications
  • Gaps
  • Some studies used mixed-methods, though not
    always meaningfully
  • Recruitment/retention/graduation and achievement
    studies could use more qualitative methods to
    provide richer stories and triangulation to
    support data
  • Engagement/experience and learning studies could
    use more quantitative methods to provide big
    picture numbers and data to support personal
    stories

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2015
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Recommendations
  • Collaborate with stakeholders
  • Data managers, student advisors, faculty,
    administrators, library staff, and students
  • Holistic framework
  • Align library mission and values with institution
  • Identify key student outcomes critical to
    priorities
  • Align assessment plan with outcomes and priorities

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2015
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Recommendations
  • Identify complementary methods for triangulation
  • Recruitment/retention/graduation use data sets
    to look for correlations between library use and
    student progress support with surveys, focus
    groups, interviews
  • Engagement/experience use ethnographic studies
    to look at use of library space, services,
    resources supplement with survey and correlation
    data
  • Achievement use data sets to look for
    correlations between library use and GPA support
    with surveys of student and faculty perceptions
  • Learning use pre/post tests and citation
    analysis to study effects of library instruction
    on info lit supplement with survey and
    correlation data

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2015
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Recommendations
  1. Partner with stakeholders on campus
  2. Collaborate within the library to increase
    engagement and strategic use of assessment
  3. Consider data quality, privacy, visualization
  4. Communicate results inside and outside the
    library share best practices and encourage
    further research
  5. Use feedback to inform further learning and
    strategy
  6. Incorporate learning, strategy, and communication
    into planning initiatives

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Conclusions
  • Wealth of new research on assessment of student
    success and libraries
  • Harness this data to create and improve research
    models
  • Identify key student outcomes align priorities
    (strategic assessment)
  • Use mixed-methods approach for triangulation
  • Help libraries improve their support of students
    and demonstrate their value

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Thank you!
  • Questions?
  • For more information, contact Jamie at
    jamyung_at_umd.edu

University of Maryland Jamie Edwards June 4,
2015
Student Success through Libraries
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