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Library Cube

The FSU Libraries provide so many services, spaces, and collections for students and faculty.  We strive to track their usage, but all the data ends up stored in many different places and are not easily integrated and looked at as a whole picture of library impact on user success and value to the university. The FSU Libraries' Library Cube project aims to combine this disparate library usage data into one searchable database or data warehouse.
Inspired by the Library Cube Projects at the University of Wollongong Library in Australia (Jantii & Cox 2014), and Kennesaw State, Kennesaw, Georgia. 
The effects of library virtual and on-site usage will be analyzed to tell the story of how the library plays a role in user success that are tied to institutional goals, with statewide Performance and Preeminence metrics, national and regional library metrics (e.g., ARL, ACRL, ASERL) and provide practical information for library decision-makers.
 
E-Resources Study
Currently, we are gearing up to explore anonymized library electronic resources usage behavior of various campus populations (undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty) by gathering and storing the data on a semesterly-basis and storing it within the Library Cube.  At the University of Minnesota there have been multiple studies that have demonstrated the connection between library ebook usage and student retention (Soria, Fransen, & Nackerud, 2016) and web-based services "had the most positive and significant relationships with academic outcomes" (Soria, Fransen, & Nackerud, 2017, p. 8). 
 
Sample questions, we seek to address with this data:
By controlling for other variables associated with student success, such as pre-college grades, SAT scores, and academic engagement, is the use of library e-resources such as databases and the library website positively associated with higher GPAs, retention and graduation rates? 
Does e-resource usage benefit the success of distance learners?
Which e-resources are being used and how are they being used?
Explore what buildings on campus are logging in to use e-resources and by doing that, find out how faculty are using e-resources.
What e-resources are the STEM researchers using most heavily?
 
One more compelling reason to conduct this study:
Each year e-resource vendors charge Florida taxpayers and the FSU community millions of dollars for comprehensive access, so by participating you will help library administration make evidence-based decisions to strategically purchase, maintain and expand e-resources.  By collecting your results along with others, FSU Libraries will remain informed and accountable for managing the necessity of expedient accessibility and availability of the most essential e-resources to your research endeavors. 
 
What does this mean to you and our users?
When patrons log into the EZproxy or the desktop computers they will be shown a user consent form.  Users that do not want to participate can opt out and their information will not be used in the study. Once a user chooses an option on the informed consent form we will record their answer and they will not be prompted again. If they ignore the message it will continue to appear every time they log-in. No usage information will be collected until they make a decision whether or not to participate.  If users contact you with concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to direct them to me, Kirsten Kinsley, at lib-assessment@fsu.edu. More information about the study is provided in a link on the informed consent.
 
Though initially we will identify usernames and usage logs, we will do so only to determine different populations: undergraduates, graduates and faculty and their disciplines. Once they are categorized and their usage logs are in a dataset, we will combine this with other data from the Office of Institutional Research and other campus partners.  We will remove names and identifying information so their individual logs cannot be retraced to a name or identification number.  
 
Thank you to all participants!  In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please contact us.
 
Kirsten Kinsley, Assessment
Louis Brooks, Technology & Digital Scholarship
HSC No. 2016.19367
 
Selected References
Jantii, M. & Cox, B. (2014).  Unlocking the potential of library generated data to assess value, impact, and influence, Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences. Paper 15. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/iatul/2014/plenaries/15
 
Soria, K., Fransen, J., & Nackerud, S. (2016). The impact of academic library resources on undergraduates' degree completion. College & Research Libraries. https://experts.umn.edu/en/publications/the-impact-of-academic-library-resources-on-undergraduates-degree
 
Soria, K., Fransen, J., & Nackerud, S. (2017). Beyond books: The extended academic benefits of library use for first-year college students. College & Research Libraries, 78(1). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/crl.v78i1.16564
 
 

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