Findings on Information Literacy:
- Students receiving information literacy instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not.
- Student retention improves with library instructional services.
- Information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement.
- Library instruction adds value to a student’s long-term academic experience.(Source)
At Alloway Library:
- Alloway Librarians gave single presentations in 63 separate classes and co-taught 12 courses with other campus faculty.
- Librarians conducted 1,926 research-oriented consultations, including 33 appointments longer than one hour in length.
- Alloway Library's reference services cover 84% of the total hours that the library is open - that's significantly higher than the average of 70% for other BC post-secondary institution libraries. (CPSLD)
Findings about academic partnerships:
- Academic library partnerships with other campus units yield positive benefits for students (Source)
- In addition to working in over 75 classrooms, Alloway Librarians partnered with 8 faculty members in supporting their research and instruction.
- Students who use the library in some way achieve higher levels of academic success than students who did not use the library.
- Consulting with librarians boost student learning.
- Use of library space relates positively to student learning and success. (Source)
- Nearly 152,000 people visited the library and borrowed over 57,000 items
- Nearly 38,000 users accessed the library's website over 150,000 times
- Those online users looked at 732,406 pages including:
- 112,000 views of Alloway Library's extensive collection of over 50 research guides and tutorials
- Study room keys were checked out over 10,000 times.
- Library users spent significant time with nearly 25,000 eBooks.
What all these finding and figures point to is that Alloway Library does play a vital role in TWU student success.