Faculty Publications

Title

Complexities of demonstrating library value: An exploratory study of research consultations

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Portal

Volume

19

Issue

4

First Page

577

Last Page

590

Abstract

As academic libraries explore their connection to student success and how library staff spend their time, it is important to understand how research consultations influence academic achievement. Several studies have found correlations between various measures of library use and grade point averages (GPAs), but only limited research has investigated the impact on student success of lengthy research consultations with a librarian. This exploratory study attempted to compare consultation users with the overall student body. Due to a small sample size, only descriptive statistics were obtained. Thus, this study also focuses on the methodological challenges of conducting student success studies in academic libraries, including the concerns associated with learning analytics, participant recruitment, sampling, and buy-in from library faculty and staff.

Department

Rod Library

Original Publication Date

10-1-2019

DOI of published version

10.1353/pla.2019.0036

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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