Library and Information Science


Grand Valley State University Libraries has found a statistically significant positive correlation between librarian-led instruction and student retention. The libraries’ Head of Instructional Services and the university's Institutional Analysis department worked together to connect library instruction with student-level data and then analyze that data over several academic years. This presentation will outline the data collection process, analysis methods, limitations, and outcomes of a longitudinal study.


NOTE: a 2023 journal article updates and expands on this work: "Correlation Between Library Instruction and Student Retention: Methods and Implications," by O'Kelly et al, in College & Research Libraries, v. 84, n. 1. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.84.1.85.

Slides originally presented at the Southeastern Library Assessment Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on November 16, 2015.