My name is Laura Dowler and I'm the librarian at ITT Technical Institute-Strongsville Campus. The article I will be facilitating is "The Role of the Academic Library in Promoting Student Engagement in Learning by George D. Kuh and Robert M. Gonea. The article can be found at: http://crl.acrl.org/content/64/4/256.abstract
Here are some items to think about as you read the article:
1. On page 257 the authors state: "In addition to information literacy, are there other outcomes that library experiences could and should foster? The limited evidence on this point is mixed." What do you think? Are there other outcomes we should be fostering? What are they?
2. Table 1 on page 260 illustrates the variables in the study. In looking at the questions asked of students, Is there anything you would add or amend?
3.The study showed a trend of decline in the proportion of students who use the library as a place to read or study(p.264). What does this mean for keeping the library relevant and keeping students engaged?
4.The study found that "library experiences do not seem to directly contribute to gains in information literacy, to what students gain overall from college, or to student satisfaction." (p.267) The authors suggest that one reason for this is that "Other measures may more accurately estimate information literacy as defined by the ACRL."(267) What measures might more accurately estimate Information Literacy? What other ways could the study be changed to gain a better understanding of how library experiences contribute directly to student gains?
5.The article highlights the need to collaborate with other departments. What are some of your best practices for interdepartmental collaboration? What roadblocks have you run into and how have you solved them?
Just a reminder that there is still time to comment on the article. I noticed that the discussion section was looking kind of empty. :-)
Let's continue this article discussion through November! If you haven't had a chance to read the article yet, take some time and let's all talk.
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