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Student Retention Bibliography

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kirsten Kinsley's picture

Thank you for pulling all of this together.

Kirsten Kinsley

Assessment Librarian

Kirsten Kinsley

Assessment Librarian

Florida State University Libraries

Tallahasse, FL 32306-2047



Graham Sherriff's picture


Thanks so much for sharing this bibliography, it has helped me a lot as I've begun to navigate the literature on libraries and retention. I've taken your suggestion of adding annotations and posted an open-access doc at http://tinyurl.com/sturetbib, where everyone is welcome to edit and expand.