The end of circulation (ACRL TechConnect) In the end, the greatest question is how will academic libraries adapt? To survive, librarians must find the answer before we have enough data to prove these predictions.
“Redefining the Academic Library” 2011, Education Advisory Board “confluence of shifts in technology, changing user demands, and increasing budget pressures are now forcing academic libraries to either adapt or risk obsolescence”
“Redefining the Academic Library” 2011, Education Advisory Board “library’s traditional role as a repository for physical books and periodicals is quickly fading, with important implications for space utilization, resource acquisition, and staffing”
Six Key Findings Collection Size is Rapidly Losing Importance Traditional Library Metrics Fail to Capture Value Rising Journal Costs Inspiring Calls for Alternative Publishing Models Viable Alternatives to the Library Now Boast Fastest Growth and Easiest Access Demand Declining for Traditional Library Services New Patron Demands Stretch Budget and Organizational Culture
LINKING LIBRARIES TO LEARNING: BUILDING CAMPUS PARTNERSHIPS
Writing Center @ WUSTL About – “The Writing Center staff are writers helping writers through the process of revision. We are undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members who love to write and to help others clarify their thoughts and ideas.” http://writingcenter.wustl.edu/about/
Writing Center @ WUSTL 2 FTE Tutors, including peer tutors Traditionally well-aligned with the libraries
Writing Center @ WUSTL Offer free services Main resource on campus Only service open to all students Undergraduate and graduate students alike One-on-one writing tutorials Writing workshops
Writing Center @ WUSTL One-on-one writing tutorials – Walk-ins welcome – By appointment – One-hour long sessions – Will work on essays, senior theses and other writing projects – Will read and assist with drafts – Language assistance
Writing Center @ WUSTL Writing workshops – Small and informal – Discuss different topics: Critical analysis Research papers Essay Exams Resumes Personal Statements
Writing Center @ WUSTL “The Speaking Studio” – The Basics of Excellent Public Speaking – Using Powerpoint as an Effective Public Speaking Tool
The opportunity (2013) Plans for renovation of main library Fewer print collections on first floor – 95% of journals now electronic – Shrinking reference collection Increased space on first floor
The opportunity (2013) Writing Center – Located in older building adjacent to main library – Increased need for space – Currently occupying small office suite
The opportunity (2013) Proposal to Provost’s Office – Relocate Writing Center to main floor of main library – Develop plans for joint programming Library focused on Research Help Writing Center focused on Writing Help
The Result (2014) Increased collaboration – Writing Center Staff participate in library staff meetings and Events (holiday party, etc) – Write-In
The Result (2014) Write-In – Joint program – Scheduled around time of paper due dates – Librarians and Tutors available 8pm-Midnight – Students receive assistance from both – Increasing awareness Fall 2013 – 65 students Spring 2014 – 75 students
Measuring Impact ACRL Assessment in Action GOAL 1: Develop the professional competencies of librarians to document and communicate the value of their academic libraries primarily in relation to their institution’s goals for student learning and success. GOAL 2: Build and strengthen collaborative relationships with higher education stakeholders around the issue of library value. GOAL 3: Contribute to higher education assessment work by creating approaches, strategies, and practices that document the contribution of academic libraries to the overall goals and missions of their institutions.
Measuring Impact Libraries, The Writing Center, and Cornerstone Assess the impact on student success. Focus on the nearly 1600 first-year students enrolled in Writing 1, a required course for all undergraduates. Track students who use our services in order to compare their final Writing 1 grades with those of students who did not use any of our resources. Identify areas for future collaboration Serve as a model for other campus units on effective evidence-based practices
Questions Discuss – What trends are you seeing (increased enrollment, more e-books, decreased circulation) that could impact space and services? – What are your current space plans to address these changes? Are What services exist on your campus that could be moved into your library as part of your plans? – Which departments would make the most ideal partner based on student/faculty needs? – How might you build a case study and support for moving partners into your library? – How might you determine success?