ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group Community
This document is meant to serve as a collaborative bibliography for discussion members to share resources related to student retention. Please share articles, books, blog posts, etc. Feel free to annotate if necessary. We can also pull from this list to choose articles for our monthly discussions.
Resources directly related to libraries and student retention
Barkey, P. (1965). Patterns of Student Use of a College Library. College & Research Library 20(2), 115-118.
Bell, S.J. (September, 2008). Keeping Them Enrolled: How Academic Libraries Contribute to Student Retention. Library Issues: Briefings for Faculty and Administrators 29(1), 1-4.
Blackburn, H. (June 06, 2010). Shhh! No Talking about Retention in the Library! Education Libraries, 33(1), 24-30.
- Used for September 2012 article discussion - http://connect.ala.org/node/186985
Breivik, P. S. (1974). Effects of Library-Based Instruction in the Academic Success of Disadvantaged College Freshmen. [Doctoral Dissertation]. (UMI No. 7505206).
Collins, E. (July 10, 2012). Library usage and dropping out. Library Impact Data Project. Retrieved from http://library.hud.ac.uk/blogs/projects/lidp/2012/07/10/library-usage-and-dropping-out/.
Emmons, M., & Wilkinson, F. C. (March 01, 2011). The academic library impact on student persistence. College and Research Libraries, 72(2), 128-149.
- Used for August 2012 article discussion - http://connect.ala.org/node/184729
Hamrick, F. A., Schuh, J. H., & Shelley, M. C. (2004). Predicting Higher Education Graduation Rates From Institutional Characteristics and Resource Allocation. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12(9), 1-24.
Knapp, J. A., Rowland, N. J., & Charles, E. P. (forthcoming, 2014). Retaining Students by Embedding Librarians into Undergraduate Research Experiences. Reference Services Review, 42(1).
Knapp, P. B. (1966). The Montieth College Library Experiment. New York: Scarecrow Press.
Kraemer, B. A. (1997). The Academic and Social Integration of Hispanic Students into College. Review of Higher Education, 20(2), 163-179.
Kramer, L.A., & Kamer, M. B. (1968). The College Library and the Drop-out. College & Research Libraries, 29(4), 310-312.
Kuh, G. D., & Gonyea, R. M. (July 01, 2003). The Role of the Academic Library in Promoting Student Engagement in Learning. College & Research Libraries, 64(4), 256-82.
- Used for October 2012 article discussion - http://connect.ala.org/node/189260
Mallinckrodt, B., & Sedlacek, W. E. (1987). Student Retention and the Use of Campus Facilities by Race. NASPA Journal , 24(3), 28-32.
Mezick, E.M. (2007). Return on Investment: Libraries and Student Retention. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 33(5), 561-566.
Miller, W. (2013). Libraries and Student Success. Library Issues: Briefings for Faculty and Administrators, 34(2), 1-4.
Pagowsky, N., & Hammond, J. (November 01, 2012). A programmatic approach: Systematically tying the library to student retention efforts on campus. College and Research Libraries News, 73(10), 582.
Soria, K. M., Fransen, J., & Nackerud, S. (forthcoming, 2014). Stacks, Serials, Search Engines, and Students' Success: First-Year Undergraduate Students' Library Use, Academic Achievement, and Retention. Journal of Academic Librarianship. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2013.12.002
Resources on student retention in general
Astin, A. W. (1975). Preventing Students from Dropping Out. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Tinto, V. (1987). Leaving college: Rethinking the causes and cures of student attrition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Since accreditation can often relate to retention, I'm sharing this call for information on your expertise with accreditation in higher ed, for the ACRL Student learning & Info Lit Committee:
Dear colleagues, have you worked on your college or university’s accreditation team? Have you been asked to write the library-related section of a report for an accreditation agency? Do you have experience serving on campus-wide committees related to QEP or accreditation visits? Have you been asked to inform your campus colleagues about the libraries’ role in teaching and learning in preparation for an accreditation visit? If so, then we are looking for YOU to be a resource for other librarians who find themselves tasked with these kinds of projects. The ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee is pulling together a list of resources and contacts for librarians new to accreditation processes to use as a guide. If you’re interested, please share a bit about yourself and your role in campus accreditation through this survey. (URL: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19kF_u4gQ_eV9NFl1kvCJkeJkRZHB7Tau5bCJZ3N0QYc/viewform).Thank you.
Welcome to our many new members, and happy new year to those who have been with us!
The Student Retention Discussion Group will not be meeting at Midwinter in Philly, but there are still a few events of interest that you may want to attend, including:
Value of Academic Libraries Committee meeting, Saturday 8:30-11:30 PCC 105A (http://alamw14.ala.org/node/12532)
Update on Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, Sunday 1:00-2:30 PCC 201B (http://alamw14.ala.org/node/12662)
Also, we're starting our monthly article discussions back up after Midwinter, so please sign up to be a facilitator using THIS FORM.
I'll be in Philadelphia, so please say hello! I'd love to meet you all in person.
When: April 7-8, 2014
Where: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Proposals are now being accepted for the First National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference, a 2-day event focused on all aspects of the first year experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students. The conference will be hosted by the Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University.
The inaugural conference will focus on starting library initiatives to support first year students, assessing outcomes of services and resources, and building the collaborative relationships throughout the organization to prepare a holistic approach to student success and retention.
The 2 days will feature 1-2 keynotes and/or panel discussions, surrounded by a number of concurrent sessions organized around proposed tracks of interest. Participants are welcomed from all types of organizations and levels of staffing. Programming will be offered to improve established programs or prepare for a new initiative.
We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions organized by tracks, 1½-hour panel discussions, and poster presentations. We welcome all proposals for consideration. We are particularly interested in sessions that consider:
“Personal Librarian” services, such as direct interactions, custom experiences, etc.
Starting new programs or initiatives
Views and goals of campus administrators
Student stories & testimonies
How to measure impact & success; assessment methods
Relationship building (internal & external to library)
Overall role within a larger information literacy instruction program
Events, programs, orientations, etc.
Challenges & concerns
Marketing & communication
The “future” and next generation program
Diversity issues and approaches
Developing relationship with parents
Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria
Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes
Could include hands-on activities, case studies, white papers, demonstrations, and/or panel presentations.
Panel discussions: 90 minutes
Focused on a larger topic that requires perspective from multiple people and/or organizations.
Would also typically include 10-15 minutes for questions and answers.
Could include case studies, white papers, or demonstrations.
A few slots will be available for digital posters or demonstrations using Mondopads or classroom technologies.
Submissions must include:
Proposed session title
Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations
Brief abstract (200-300 words) that would be acceptable for the conference program and website
Longer description, approximately 500-600 words
Brief statement on learning outcomes & expected audience
Technology, physical space, or other requirements
Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about personal librarian and first year experiences. Acceptance will be competitive, and conducted by a conference committee consisting of Kelvin Smith Library employees and virtual committee members from several university libraries involved in personal librarian and/or FYE programs.
Registration costs will be the responsibility of each attendees and presenters, and will not be covered by the conference organizers.
Submit questions to: Brian Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Important Future Dates
January 31, 2014: Proposal submission deadline
early February: Attendee registration opens
February 17, 2014 (tentative): Notification of acceptance
February 24, 2014 (tentative): Selected presenters must confirm participation
end of February: formal program announced
March 17, 2014: Registration deadline
ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group Meeting (add to your ALA schedule)
Saturday, June 29th
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus EF
Please join us as we discuss the following topic:
How do we measure causation versus correlation in the library’s role in student success and retention? The ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group will be discussing the impact of a “culture of assessment” on libraries and demonstrating value on campus in regards to retention. We will discuss how effective demonstration of value in campus retention is through traditional methods and hope to explore ideas participants have for new initiatives.
Not going to Annual? Join us in ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/173037
Thanks to everyone who attended the ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group meeting at Midwinter. We had great discussions about environmental scanning, needs assessment, and implementing new services and technology speaking to retention. We hope to continue the conversation here, and if you're interested in being a facilitator for a monthly article discussion, just fill out our form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGNJT2U1NFpPeFprQzhPSXgtVnhuUHc6MQ#gid=0
Minutes will be posted in the near future, and we hope to see you all at Annual in Chicago (turns out we won't have a meeting at ACRL, DG meetings are just for ALA MW and Annual conferences).