Library impact studies at many universities have indicated a correlation between library resource usage and student success; for example, the University of Wollongong, the University of Minnesota, Murray State University, the University of Huddersfield, and York University have all found that increased library usage correlates with student success, and that students who do not use the library at all have significantly lower outcomes. To add to this growing body of evidence, Eastern Kentucky University Libraries analyzed undergraduate usage of online library resources and found a similar effect: on average, EKU students who logged in to access the Libraries’ online resources during the 2014 fall semester had a .20 higher GPA (on a 4 point scale) than students who did not access online resources. Further, 69% of students attaining high grades (3-4 point GPA) had accessed online resources at least once whereas 58% of students attaining low grades (0-1 point GPA) had not accessed any online resources.
Smith, Kelly; Irvin, Matthew; Arneson, Jens, and Yi, Kwan. Poster presentation. “Library Resource Usage and Student Success at Eastern Kentucky University.” Annual Conference. American Library Association. San Francisco, CA, Jun 2015. https://apply.ala.org/aia/docs/project/10207
American Library Association Annual Conference
This project is part of the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” which is undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.