To support dialogue both among librarians and between librarians and their educational partners, this document includes a series of discussion questions throughout the text and closes with suggested reading lists, including relevant privacy resources. It is hoped that this report will stimulate discussions about the role of libraries in institutional learning analytics, enable the technical capabilities necessary for libraries to contribute to institutional understanding of student learning, and ultimately enable libraries to employ a new approach to supporting student learning and success.
Megan Oakleaf is an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science in the iSchool at Syracuse University. She is the author of the Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Review and Report and Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit and has earned recognition and awards for articles published in top library and information science journals including College and Research Libraries, Portal, Reference and User Services Quarterly, and Journal of Documentation. Megan has presented at numerous conferences, including the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) national conferences, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Assessment Conferences, the IUPUI Assessment Institute, the Texas A&M Assessment Conference, and EDUCAUSE. Her research areas include learning analytics, outcomes assessment, evidence-based decision making, information literacy instruction, and academic library impact and value.
College and university libraries can provide important contributions to institutional efforts to use learning analytics to improve student learning and success.
How might library engagement in learning analytics change the ways in which students interact with the library?