Students arrive to college with varying levels of experience navigating libraries and may have little experience with academic libraries, in particular. Research shows that when students use the library they have greater academic success and are retained at a higher rate than non-library users (Soria, Fransen, & Nackerud, 2014, p. 89). The Personal Librarian Program is an outreach effort by Concordia University librarians to reduce student library anxiety, facilitate library usage, and create long lasting connections with students so students learn research skills necessary to succeed in their coursework.
Each fall semester faculty librarians liase with Concordia Commitment (LDR 198) classes to provide a personal point of contact for students and help them feel more comfortable asking for assistance.
We hope that by the end of fall semester, freshman and transfer students will…
The program consists of:
The following studies make the connection between library use and academic success and/or student retention:
Association of College and Research Libraries. (2017). Academic library impact on student learning and success: Findings from assessment in action team projects. Prepared by Karen Brown with contributions by Kara L. Malenfant. Chicago, IL: Author. Retrieved from http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/
Currier, M. L., & Wilhelm, C. (2017). Examining the case of an academic library’s student-focused, patron-satisfaction approach to organizational transformation for student retention. Library Leadership & Management, 31(3), 1-39.
Haddow, G. (2013). Academic library use and student retention: A quantitative analysis. Library & Information Science Research, 35, 127-136. doi:10.1016/j.lisr.2012.12.002
Soria, K. M., Fransen, J., & Nackerud, S. (2014). Stacks, serials, search engines, and students’ success: First-year undergraduate students’ library use, academic achievement, and retention. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40, 84-91. doi:10.1016.j.acalib.2013.12.002
Soria, K. M., Fransen, J., & Nackerud, S. (2017). The impact of academic library resources on undergraduates’ degree completion. College and Research Libraries, 78(6), 812-823. doi:10.5860/crl.78.6.812