How libraries affect student success has become an increasingly important question to many academic librarians. To investigate this phenomenon, we explored student success via two approaches in this multimethod study: 1) through individual student interviews to capture the student voice; and 2) through hierarchical linear and logistic modeling of institutional data to capture the institutional perspective. Through the qualitative component, students articulated how they define success and how the library contributes to their success, especially in terms of providing a sense of belonging and facilitating the work of a community of scholars. The quantitative data provides additional context by demonstrating a small positive correlation between use of library resources and student persistence, further highlighting the community building impact of the libraries.
College & Research Libraries
undergraduate students success library use
Association of College and Research Libraries
Mayer, Jennifer; Dineen, Rachel; Rockwell, Angela; and Blodgett, Jayne, "Undergraduate Student Success and Library Use: A Multimethod Approach" (2020). University Libraries Faculty Publications. 96.