Assessment in Action

Eastern Kentucky University: Project Description

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Primary Outcome Examined (select one or more)

(No) Student Learning: Assignment

(No) Student Learning: Course

(No) Student Learning: Major

(No) Student Learning: Degree

(No) Student Engagement

Student Success

(No) Academic Intimacy/Rapport

(No) Enrollment

(No) Retention

(No) Completion

(No) Graduation

(No) Articulation

(No) Graduates' Career Success

(No) Testing (e.g., GRE, MCAT, LSAT, CAAP, CLA, MAPP)

(No) Other (please describe)

Primary Library Factor Examined (select one or more)

(No) Instruction

(No) Instruction: Games

(No) Instruction: One Shot

(No) Instruction: Course Embedded

(No) Instruction: Self-Paced Tutorials

(No) Reference

(No) Educational Role (other than reference or instruction)

(No) Space, Physical

(No) Discovery (library resources integrated in institutional web and other information portals)

(No) Discovery (library resource guides)

(No) Discovery (from preferred user starting points)

Collections (quality, depth, diversity, format or currency)

(No) Personnel (number and quality)

(No) Other (please describe)

Student Population (select one or more)


(No) Graduate

(No) Incoming

(No) Graduating

(No) Pre-College/Developmental/Basic Skills

(No) Other (please describe)

Discipline (select one or more)

(No) Arts

(No) Humanities

(No) Social Sciences

(No) Natural Sciences (i.e., space, earth, life, chemistry or physics)

(No) Formal Sciences (i.e., computer science, logic, mathematics, statistics or systems science)

(No) Professions/Applied Sciences

(No) English Composition

(No) General Education

(No) Information Literacy Credit Course

Other (please describe)

All subjects included.

AiA Team Members (select one or more)

(No) Assessment Office

Institutional Research

Teaching Faculty

(No) Writing Center

(No) Information/Academic Technology

(No) Student Affairs

(No) Campus Administrator

(No) Library Administrator

Other Librarian

(No) Other (please describe)

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)

(No) Survey

(No) Interviews

(No) Focus Group(s)

(No) Observation

(No) Pre/Post Test

(No) Rubric

Other (please describe)

Proxy log data for library online resource usage

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

(No) Research Paper/Project

(No) Class Assignment (other than research paper/project)

Other (please describe)

Our project includes proxy log data from student logins to online library resources such as eBooks, eJournals, and Databases.

Indirect Data Type (select one or more)

Test Scores


Degree Completion Rate

Retention Rate

Other (please describe)

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Executive Summary (150 words open)

  • How does the project align with your institution’s priorities and needs?
  • Why did you choose the outcome and library factor as areas to examine?
  • Why was the team composition appropriate?

  1. This project aligns with Eastern Kentucky University's goal of maximizing student success by ensuring that student learning outcomes include the exploration and discovery of ideas. We chose to study library research in conjunction with student success data, because this has not been analyzed by our Office of Institutional Research in the past. Our team (composed of two librarians, two research faculty members, and two staff members who handled the technical aspects of proxy data gathering and compilation) were all interested in the impact that the library has on student success.

  • What are the significant contributions of your project?
  • What was learned about assessing the library’s impact on student learning and success?
  • What was learned about creating or contributing to a culture of assessment on campus?
  • What, if any, are the significant findings of your project?

  1. 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.

  • What will you change as a result of what you learned (– e.g., institutional activities, library functions or practices, personal/professional practice, other)?
  • How does this project contribute to current, past, or future assessment activities on your campus?

  1. Because the scope of the study was limited to one semester, the connection with retention could not be adequately addressed, and will be an area for further study. Similarly, the type of library usage we analyzed was limited to online resources because the only existing systems that allowed us to gather library use connected with identifiable student information was our EZ proxy server. In the future, a more holistic look at the effect of the full range of library services and resources might be more instructive. This data is perhaps a representation of research conducted by the students themselves, which could be significant from a pedagogical standpoint. These online resource uses may represent student attempts to satisfy self-determined (at least in the context of academia) information needs rather than just fulfilling the need to read assigned articles. This is an area of future study – following up with individual student volunteers and gathering qualitative data would result in a more complete picture.

Please list any articles published, presentations given, URL of project website, and team leader contact details.

  1. Team Leader Contact Details:

    Kelly Smith
    Coordinator of Collections and Discovery
    Eastern Kentucky University Libraries
    103 Libraries Complex
    521 Lancaster Avenue
    Richmond, KY 40475
    tel 859-622-3062

AiA_Poster_-_eResource_Usage_at_EKU.pdf Library Resource Usage and Student Success at Eastern Kentucky University