The UIC library receives a grant to develop tools that support student success

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The UIC Library has received a grant that supports student success.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Library received a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The grant aims to develop assessment tools that use information such as students’ academic engagement, psychological factors, and their own prospects for success to identify activities that can be promoted among students to support their academic achievement.

The UIC award is one of 71 awards, totaling more than $21 million, awarded in fiscal year 2022 to libraries and archives across the country through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program of the Institute of Museums and Library Services and Laura Bush’s 21st Century Librarians Program.

For this grant, UIC will conduct research to answer questions about student success that go beyond learning analysis and how library use plays a role in student success. The tools and research results from this project will be disseminated to academic libraries to help them assess their impact on student success and identify how libraries can best meet student needs.

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The two-year project is a collaboration between the UIC Library and Northern Illinois University Library, two institutions that serve underrepresented and first-generation students.

“We are grateful to have received a National Leadership Scholarship from IMLS. With these funds, we have the opportunity to better understand the details of how race, class, and economic status impact our students as they pursue their educational goals. Our project is unique in that it considers the real life experiences of students and asks the students themselves to define what success means to them. With this knowledge, we can individualize the services, resources, and support we provide to best meet the needs of students, and then share what we’ve learned with other libraries and academic institutions,” said Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Dean of Libraries at the UIC.

The principal investigator and director of the project is Jung Mi Scoulas, PhD and assistant professor and evaluation coordinator at the UIC Library. A co-principal investigator of the project is Sandra De Groote, professor and head of the department of evaluation and scholarly communication at UIC. NIU Library faculty Nestor Osorio, Head of Reference and Research, and Kimberly Shotick, Student Success Librarian, will coordinate the study among NIU students.

View the full research project proposal for grant number LG-252338-OLS-22.

The Institute of Library and Museum Services is the main source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. The institute promotes, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. His vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of people and communities.

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