Recent years have led to a need to quantify how academic libraries lead to academic success in students. In past times it was assumed, rightly so, that academic library utilization leads to better success in the academic field. However with the new trend toward quantification some surprising obstacles have appeared.
For the purposes of this paper the acronym is: ” next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) ”
Academic libraries and librarians are finding it difficult to assess the student learning outcomes (SLOs) in relation to the inclusion of the library due to a lack of information, communication, and other pieces of information. For example you can see what percentage of the students obtained a certain GPA. The librarians can go to the databases and see how many times a particular database was utilized and in some cases how much time was spent on that database. The librarians can also, if they have been keeping track, obtain a vague idea of how many students are utilizing the library on any given day. These two aspects can be related back to the percentage of students with a high GPA, however the correlation is fuzzy at best.
This article is exploring the option of libraries attempting to integrate themselves further in learning initiatives, at one institution Student Success Class; or Clare 101/Freshman Orientation at my other institution. By embedding librarianship into these activities it emphasizes their importance as well as allowing the students more exposure to these concepts.
The University of DePaul decided to make Student Learning Success the entire focus of the university as a whole. (It says something about academic politics that this is a ‘new’ concept.) Some additional reading was recommended at the end of this article.
Essentially, I believe, that this article is encouraging libraries and librarians to become more integrated and involved with the college as a whole rather than setting itself as a separate entity. Partially, this is based on the concept “The more times you see it the more likely you are to remember it when you need it.” Not only should this be done on a physical, but digital level as well. Remind professors that the library isn’t just for students.
Fascinating, I hope to read some of the follow up articles and obtain a more well-rounded view of this topic.