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State of America's Libraries 2017

by Laura Gleason on 2017-09-25T15:08:35-06:00 in Literature, Eli M. Oboler Library, Library Science | Comments

Report cover: 2017 State of America's Libraries

Excerpt: State of America's Libraries Report 2017, Academic Libraries, American Library Association

Asserting the value of academic libraries

"A recent ACRL report (PDF) summarized four compelling findings about library contributions to student learning and success:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework.
  2. Library use increases student success.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning.
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes.

The results of third-year ACRL assessment projects strengthen these findings with new evidence that library research consultations also boost student learning.

Although only 44.8% of entering first-year students (PDF) have had experience evaluating the quality or reliability of information, and even fewer (29.3%) have looked up scientific research articles and resources, academic librarians can see their impact on student learning reflected in the results of the 2016 National Survey of Student Engagement (PDF) (see the summary). The survey shows that 77% of first-year students participating in the survey agreed that their research experiences at their institution contributed “very much” or “quite a bit” to their knowledge, skills, and personal development in using information effectively. More impressively, 83% of seniors agreed with the same statement. Seventy-three percent of first-year students and 67% of seniors reported that their instructors emphasized “questioning the quality of information sources.”

Academic libraries continue to allocate new and renovated space (PDF) to support at least one of the following types of learning activity—collaborative study, individual study, tutoring by campus learning partners, or occasional classes taught by campus instructors."


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