Sean Kennedy of the UNLV News Center reports that “a national, multi-institutional study finds that academic library instruction helps keep undergraduates in school.
“What comes to mind when you think of how university librarians help undergraduate students?
Research would be top of the list for most. And while that’s true, a new multi-institutional study led by Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of educational initiatives at UNLV University Libraries, revealed that academic libraries contribute in another critical way: They help students stay in school.
Previous studies demonstrated that undergraduate research experiences and developing a sense of belonging have a major impact on student success, Bowles-Terry said, while others have shown that library instruction fosters both. But Bowles-Terry’s initial findings linking university libraries and librarians directly to student retention are a compelling addition to the story of impact these spaces and professionals have on student success.
The study identified three major findings: …
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Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.