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February 11, 2016 - Library Report

Utilization of Library Resources Report - Stephen Larochelle, Library Director, KVCC

This graphic represents the top 4 programs that utilize library resources...reflecting data during the first two weeks of the Spring 2016 semester.

Why is it important to know that your students use the library? Because studies show that use of library material correlates with increased retention and higher GPA…

There are strong positive predictive relationship between library use of any kind with both freshmen and sophomore retention. These results suggest that academic libraries add value to institutional retention efforts.

Murray, A., Ireland, A., & Hackathorn, J. (2015). The Value of Academic libraries: Library Services as a Predictor of Student Retention. College & Research Libraries, crl15-837.

Findings show retained students log-in to authenticated resources and borrow from the library at higher rates than withdrawn students.

Haddow, G. (2013). Academic library use and student retention: A quantitative analysis. Library & Information Science Research, 35(2), 127-136.

Students who used academic library services and resources at least once during the academic year had higher GPA and retention on average than their peers who did not use library services. Four library use areas were consistently and positively associated with students' GPA: database logins, book loans, electronic journal logins, and library workstation logins.

Soria, K. M., Fransen, J., & Nackerud, S. (2014). Stacks, serials, search engines, and students' success: First-year undergraduate students' library use, academic achievement, and retention. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(1), 84-91.

First-time, first-year undergraduate students who use the library have a higher GPA for their first semester and higher retention from fall to spring than non-library users

Soria, K. M., 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.

Library use is associated with retention, and, importantly, that library use in the early weeks of a student’s first semester is associated with retention

Haddow, G., & Joseph, J. (2010). Loans, logins, and lasting the course: Academic library use and student retention. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 41(4), 233-244.

Mathematical correlation have been found between student library material usage and their cumulative grade point average (GPA)

Wong, S. H. R., & Webb, T. D. (2010). Uncovering meaningful correlation between student academic performance and library material usage. College & Research Libraries, crl-129.

There are also statistically significant relationship between library resource use and level of degree result

Stone, G., & Ramsden, B. (2012). Library Impact Data Project: looking for the link between library usage and student attainment. College & Research Libraries, crl12-406.