The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites you to attend the 37th Annual IATUL Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year’s theme is Leadership in a Sea of Change, and reflects not only Nova Scotia’s location by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity to share cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries.
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Monday, June 6 • 15:45 - 17:15
Parallel Session 2A (Collaboration) University Libraries Leading the Way Through Choppy Waters: The Library’s Role in Student Retention

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Student retention becomes priority to university administrators in times of economic recession as the one we face today in many parts of the globe. Student retention is a hot topic across different segments of the university as higher education reports a decline in enrollment in many parts of the world. Thus, student retention becomes a priority as part of the strategy to off-set declining enrollment and revenues. Therefore, student retention and graduation rates are important to higher education. The raison d’etre of any business is the returning customer. In education, the customer is the student who returns year after year until he or she graduates. This study will focus on how academic libraries can be leaders in their Institutions by adopting a user centered philosophy and services that will promote life-long learning, enhance students’ academic experience, and promote engagement - which the literature and pertinent research identifies as key elements for student retention.

The paper presents reports of earlier researches which correlated educational initiatives considered as high-impact practices with higher education student persistence. Having this discussion as a background, the paper addresses  findings of studies which, in a more specific way, correlated library initiatives and services with student retention and proposed practical actions that academic library administrators can take to enhance student persistence.  The author contends that libraries can contribute to student retention in two different but rather broad ways. It can (1) identify the measures that the Institution is adopting and thenceforth elaborate strategies to develop and promote services, programs, and information products that will support those initiatives infusing them with increased meaning, and (2) develop unique services of its own that will enhance students’ engagement and augment their academic experience.

The paper proposes that the following areas have an impact in higher education quality and thus, student engagement and retention: library as a partner rather than a mere collaborator to the educational endeavor; Information literacy for undergraduate research; Enhancement of students’ first year experience; the role of strategic planning and assessment; libraries and institutional analytics; aligning the library with student’s learning styles; identifying and creating learning spaces.

These are areas where the library can excel and lead the way to academic quality and student’s retention expected rates.

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Silas Oliveira

James Whilte Library - Reference/DatabaseOff-Campus Service LibrianFull Professor:Leadership - School of EducationHuman Resources Management - School of Business Administration

Monday June 6, 2016 15:45 - 17:15
CHEB - C264 5793 University Ave

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