Are you looking for ways to support student engagement and success in your academic library? This poster shows how one academic library moved beyond traditional instruction, research assistance, and workshops to give the library a new role by providing unique and innovative programming.
Research shows the importance of student engagement, both academic and social, on retention and persistence and this poster highlights six innovative and unique events designed to engage students with library resources and with diverse groups of people with the aim of positioning the library in the center of the student experience.
The poster will highlight the annual Constitution Day Trivia event, the Steps to the Library program, Replicating Research events, Marathon Reads, and collaborative efforts with campus faculty, staff, students, and the community.
Many students established meaningful and supportive relationships through participating in these events, crediting the library with helping them develop a sense of belonging on campus. The poster will highlight several of these success stories.
Collaborations with faculty, staff, students, and community members are key to the success of many of the programs and the poster will include examples of this. While some programs provided excellent opportunities for the library to be supportive of faculty and staff accomplishments, other programs were suggested by, and facilitated by, faculty members eager to share their interests outside of the classroom.
Finally, the poster will include an example of the current assessment being done through field testing of the ACRL Project Outcome surveys.
Barbara Eshbach– Head Librarian, Penn State York