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The Impact of the Academic Library on Learning in the University

UMSI's Stephanie Teasley uses analytics — the discovery, interpretation and communication of meaningful patterns in data — to address the research question: How does the library impact learning, specifically in the areas of course instruction, research and publications?

Libraries should strive to improve learning outcomes for the communities they serve, just like how healthcare institutions should ideally improve individuals’ health outcomes. This type of work is best described as library learning analytics (LLA), which entails embedding library data within institutional learning analytics ecosystems and is guided by a more encompassing definition of learning that extends beyond the classroom.

The project aims to establish the groundwork for a group of diverse institutions to use a common analytics framework.

The project has two main goals:

  1. To understand how the U-M library impacts learning, specifically in the areas of course instruction, research, and publications. 
  2. To develop tools, scripts, and protocols that serve the library analytics needs of our community of project advisory group (PAG) institutions. 
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The amount of the award is $55,323for UMSI for the project period. The grant is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.