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From Passive to Active!

The Impact of Libraries and Librarians on


Increasing Student Learning,
Improving Faculty Productivity, &
Achieving Institutional Mission
Megan Oakleaf, MLS, PhD
www.meganoakleaf.info
moakleaf@syr.edu
Students were taught.
Faculty were assisted.
Institutional missions were supported.


Students were taught.
Faculty were assisted.
Institutional missions were supported.

Wheres the (passive) librarian?

Students were taught.
Well, sort of.
We guest lectured and gave tours.

Faculty were assisted.
Well, sort of.
We built collections.

Institutional missions were supported.
What institutional missions?

Students were taught.
Faculty were supported.
Institutional missions were achieved.


Librarians teach students.
Librarians support faculty.
Librarians achieve institutional missions.

Students were taught.
Faculty were supported.
Institutional missions were achieved.

Librarians teach students.
Librarians support faculty.
Librarians achieve institutional missions.

Students learned.
Faculty produced.
Institutional attained their missions.

Passive to Active
Traditional roles,
services, resources
(collections rule!)
Focus on our work
(& hope its helpful!)
Role in institution
assumed
Users come to us
Assessment for
what?
Align services,
resources with
institutional missions
Focus on users

Role in institution
demonstrated
We come to users
Assessment for
improvement!
2010
Library
Value
Inputs/
Outputs
Service
Quality
Satisfaction
Use
Return-on-
Investment
Competing
Alternatives
Impact
Commodity
2010
2010
2012
2012-14
Correlation Research Questions
(1)Do library services/expertise/resources
(2)correlate with, contribute to, affect,
influence, support, determine, or relate to
(3)student learning?
http://meganoakleaf.info/valresearchquestions.pdf
Libraries & Student Grades
Library check outs appear to impact students
grades positively. (Huddersfield, Wollongong)
Library visits do not appear to impact student
grades. (Huddersfield)
Library instruction may impact student grades, or at
least not make them worse. (Hong Kong Baptist)
Library instruction after the first-year appears to impact
GPA at graduation. (Wyoming)
Library use (downloads, loans, reference) increases
GPA and retention. Library instruction may decrease
GPA, but increase retention. (Minnesota)
Library instruction correlated with increased GPA .
(Middle Tennessee State)
And more to come!
Read All About It!
Soria, K., Fransen, J. & Nackerud, S. (2013). Library use and
undergraduate student outcomes: new evidence for
students retention and academic success. portal: Libraries
and the Academy. 13(2), 147-164.

Stone, G. & Ramsden, B. (2013). Library impact data
project: Looking for the link between library usage and
student attainment. College and Research Libraries. 74(6),
546-559.

Cox, B. & Jantti, M. (2012). Discovering the Impact of
Library Use and Student Performance. EDUCAUSE Review
47(4).

New research? See the 2014 Library Assessment Conference proceedings too!
Libraries & Faculty Productivity
Faculty funding and number of publications increase as
interlibrary loan borrowing increases (Duy and Lariviere
2014).

Scholarly productivity increases as libraries invest more in
electronic materials, while that productivity decreases as
more of a librarys budget is dedicated to print materials
(Rawls 2013).

Faculty and students at Syracuse University were
surveyed...to measure their willingness-to-pay in time and
money for the services of the academic library. Their
travel time and use of the online library was measured to
determine the environmental value of the academic
library. Thevalue of the...library show[s] an ROI of $4.49
returned to the university for every $1.00 spent each
year (Kingma and McClure 2015).





Read All About It!
Duy, J. & Lariviere, V. (2014). Relationships between
interlibrary loan and research activity in Canada.
College and Research Libraries. 75(1), 5-19.

Rawls, M. (2013). Looking for links: do universities
produce more scholarship when their libraries invest
more in electronic resources? Paper presented at
the 10th Northumbria International Library
Performance Measurement Conference, York, UK.

Kingma, B. & McClure, K. (2015). Lib-Value: Values,
outcomes, and return on investment of academic
libraries, phase III: ROI of the Syracuse University
Library. College and Research Libraries. In press.


Institutional Focus Areas
Other than learning and faculty productivity
Prestige
Affordability
Efficiencies, effectiveness
Brand
Development, funding, endowments
Local, global workforce development
Local, global engagement, community-
building, social inclusion
What else?
Libraries & Affordability
Discuss & Report Out
Based on what youve heard:
What should you expect from your
libraries and librarians (that perhaps you
never expected before)?
What could your unit learn from the shift
occurring in libraries?
What could your unit teach librarians?
In what ways could your unit collaborate
or partner with librarians to accomplish
shared goals?
What did you learn
from your discussion?

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From Passive to Active!
The Impact of Libraries and Librarians on
Increasing Student Learning,
Improving Faculty Productivity, &
Achieving Institutional Mission
Megan Oakleaf, MLS, PhD
www.meganoakleaf.info
moakleaf@syr.edu