Thursday, April 28, 2016

ACRL libraries and student success report

A new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries 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  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: Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework. Library use increases student success. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). (2016). Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects, Chicago, IL: American Library Association.