2019 Academic Library Impact Research Grant Recipients Announced

Academic Library Impact report cover
Academic Library Impact report cover

ACRL is pleased to announce the recipients of its Academic Library Impact Research Grants in 2019. These grants of up to $3,000 each support new research on library contributions to student learning and success in areas suggested by the 2017 report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared for ACRL by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase).

The selection committee from ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee chose seven proposals from a highly competitive round of applications. The grant recipients are:

  • Deb Baker (Manchester Community College) for a project titled “Learning Success Mentors: Coaching Information Literacy and Learning Science as a Catalyst for Student Success”
  • Kathleen Baril, Bethany Spieth, and Justine Post (Ohio Northern University) for a project titled “Personalizing Student Services to Improve Academic and Retention Outcomes of Developmental Writing Students”
  • Ted Chodock (College of Southern Nevada) for a project titled “Sense of Belonging in Academic Libraries”
  • Jeffrey Delgado and Reabeka King-Reilly (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY) for a project titled “Students’ Self-Perceived Needs Assessment for Student Success through Library Practices and Information Literacy Development: A Case Study of Black Male Students at an Urban Community College”
  • Yi Ding, Elizabeth Cheney, and Laura Wimberley (California State University Northridge) for a project titled “Affordable Learning Solutions for Student Success at a Hispanic-Serving Institution”
  • Amanda MacDonald, Anne Brown, and Keri Swaby (Virginia Tech) for a project titled “How Libraries Show Impact: Creating an Adaptable Model for Tracking, Assessing, and Celebrating Student Success”
  • Amanda Ziegler (Northcentral University) for a project titled “Library Impact on Online-only Graduate Student Success”

“These research projects will continue to advance the priority areas set forth in ACRL’s Academic Library Impact report,” says Holly Mercer, chair of the Value of Academic Libraries Committee. “They represent a broad range of topics, from information literacy to mentorship to creating equitable and inclusive environments and services. The committee looks forward to seeing the outcomes of this work, which will provide models for other library practitioners demonstrating their value and impact.”

ACRL is happy to support this new research and looks forward to working with these researchers as their projects develop.