Thursday, October 23, 2014

ACRL ULS Members - online discussion on student success!

Members-Only Online Discussion: Student Success
brought to you by the ACRL-ULS Committee on the Future of University Libraries
The ULS Membership Committee is pleased to provide a free online discussion for ULS members on Thursday, November 20 from 3-4 pm EST. To register, go to:
Assessing How Libraries Contribute to Student Success
Feeling pressed to prove that your library contributes to student success?  Are administrators demanding evidence that funding the library helps retain and graduate students?  While it may seem obvious  to librarians that students would not succeed without the library, demonstrating that can be a challenge.
Read short descriptions of ways three libraries have effectively assessed their contributions to student success, and then join this online discussion, where assessment librarians will encourage discussion of various ways to measure and demonstrate how your library helps students succeed.
Eric Ackermann (Head of Reference Services and Library Assessment, Radford University) will speak on how his library has tracked how the library’s participation in freshman orientation and core courses has affected retention.

Jennifer L. Jones (Assessment & User Experience Librarian, Georgia State University) will explain how her library followed three cohorts of undergraduates to assess the effect of using library workstations, study rooms, and research clinics.

Shane Nackerud (Technology Lead for Libraries Initiatives, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) and Janet Fransen (Engineering Librarian, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) will discuss the big data model the library used in partnership with the university’s Office of Institutional Research to assess the library’s contribution to student outcomes.
The speakers have prepared background stories to help you prepare for this discussion.  Find the descriptions of their successful projects at

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