August Monthly Article Now Open for Discussion! (Questions in post)
The first in our series of monthly article discussions is "The Academic Library Impact on Student Persistence" by Mark Emmons and Frances C. Wilkinson. The article can be found here: http://crl.acrl.org/content/72/2/128.full.pdf+html
As promised, I have posted 5 questions to get the ball rolling. PLEASE do not feel that you must answer all, or any of the below questions, and instead use them as a jumping off point for the discussion. This article will be discussed during the month of August, and a new article will be posted for September. Please see this post if you're interested in facilitating another month's article discussion!
Looking forward to a great conversation!
- How could you imagine measuring library impact on students, rather than outputs? What steps would you first need to take to prepare your library to measure impact?
- Do you think this was a sound study? If you could have made changes, what would you have done differently?
- Number of staff does not equal number of effective staff- to borrow from the text, “Where does library and librarian quality enter the equation?” (146).
- Are librarians in your institution represented on retention or institutional effectiveness committees? How has, or how could, librarian participation shape retention efforts?
- Emmons and Wilkinson report that Titus “noted that low SES (socio-economic status) students are disproportionally represented in institutions with lower levels or financial resources” (131). How can libraries help equalize these factors?