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Academic libraries – measuring up: assessment and collaboration for student success

Rachel Besara (Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Kirsten Kinsley (Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 4 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe how the Florida State University Libraries used assessment data with other campus partners to gain funding and resources for new initiatives. When general funding sources were threatened, alternative funding sources from these campus partners were used to jump‐start new initiatives designed to enhance student success.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is a case study of how assessment data fueled the creation of a new late‐night peer‐tutoring program at the Florida State University Libraries. The three main data conduits that inspired a new tutoring program were: an ethnographic study of undergraduate students, undergraduate courses with high failure/high enrolment/high drop rates, and an environmental scan of existing campus tutoring.

Findings

Sharing assessment data with key partners can leverage funding and resources for new initiatives.

Social implications

In hard budgetary times, opportunities for funding and resources may arise when shared values between campus constituencies are met with assessment data. Libraries need to take a leadership role in gathering and sharing those data with other campus constituents in order to place libraries in a strategic position to receive alternative funding for shared initiatives.

Originality/value

Other libraries may use this case as a model, sharing their assessment results with the campus community, especially with those campus constituencies where there is a relationship already in place, to garner further support for piloting innovative services.

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Citation

Besara, R. and Kinsley, K. (2011), "Academic libraries – measuring up: assessment and collaboration for student success", New Library World, Vol. 112 No. 9/10, pp. 416-424. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074801111182012

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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