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 to students to support their academic success.
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 UIC’s National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
For this grant, UIC will conduct research to answer questions about student achievement that go beyond the analysis of learning and how library use plays a role in student achievement. students. The tools and research findings from this project will be disseminated to academic libraries to help them assess their impact on student success and identify how libraries can better meet student needs.
The two-year project is a collaboration between the UIC Library and the Northern Illinois University Library – two institutions that serve underrepresented and first-generation students.
“We are grateful to have been awarded an IMLS National Leadership Grant. Through this funding, we have the opportunity to better understand the specifics of how race, class, and economic status impact our students in the pursuit of their educational goals. Our project is unique in that it considers the lived experiences of students and asks students themselves to define what success means to them. Using this knowledge, we can personalize services , the resources and support we provide to better meet the needs of students, and then share what we learn with other libraries and academic institutions,” said Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Dean of Libraries at UIC.
The Principal Investigator and Project Director is Jung Mi Scoulas, PhD and Assistant Professor and Evaluation Coordinator at the UIC Library. Sandra De Groote, professor and head of the evaluation and scholarly communication department at UIC, is co-principal investigator of the project. Nestor Osorio, Reference and Research Manager, and Kimberly Shotick, Student Success Librarian, will coordinate the study among NIU students.
See the full research project proposal for grant number LG-252338-OLS-22.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums nationwide. The institute advances, supports, and empowers museums, libraries, and related organizations in the United States through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Its vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.