Student Success Linked to Library Use

February 26, 2013

A new study from the University of Minnesota shows that first year undergraduate students who used the University libraries at least once:

  • Received a .23 increase in GPA (from 2.93 to 3.16), and
  • Were 1.54 times more likely to re-enroll for the second semester.

Even more significant, students who participated in the Intro to Library Research II library workshop were 7.58 times more likely to re-enroll for the second semester

This may be one of the first studies to correlate academic library usage with student success outcomes and increased retention rates.  It was conducted in the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 by the University of Minnesota Libraries in conjunction with the University’s Office of Institutional Research.   The research team investigated ways to match library service usage to individual accounts while retaining student privacy to determine who was – and was not – using the library.  This data was then compared with student GPA for the fall semester and re-enrollment for the spring.

It is, of course, impossible to demonstrate beforehand precisely what outcomes would be obtained if such a study were done at RCC.  It does suggest, however, something that librarians and faculty members have suspected for a long time.  That is that library usage increases both student success and also promotes college-wide outcomes.

The results of the University of Minnesota study will be published in the next few months.  In the meantime, see these preliminary summaries at  http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ldss/ and http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ldss/LAC2012-Poster.pdf.

Remember to Read “The Chronicle”

September 10, 2012

The main link is at Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Go to Home tab for this week’s edition. 
  • Go to the News tab and choose Community Colleges for CC updates. 
  • Go to the Facts & Figures tab for loads of data from the Almanac of Higher Education.  
  • Use the Search the Chronicle field to search all Chronicle content since 1998.   To sign up for the free online Community College newsletter, use Create a Free Account (at top of screen) and follow directions.  Lots more.

Try this:

  • Create a recurring appointment  in MS Outlook to remind yourself on Monday when a new issue comes out.  Paste the Chronicle of Higher Education link into the appointment when you set it up and simply click to access.  If you will be accessing from home, type your library barcode number in the appointment so you don’t have to look it up every time.

Contact library staff if any problems.

RCC Library/Olympic Connection

July 24, 2012

To note the 2012 London Olympics, the online journal Places features an article on past Olympic villages and how they have been used after the games went away.  The article contains a slideshow of 23 pictures of various games, most obtained from the Olympic Games official reports.  For the 1968 Mexico City games, the article’s author, Anisha Gade, liked a picture she found online and asked the RCC library for permission to use it.  The picture is from a vintage postcard, one of 127 postcards of Mexico, bequeathed to the library in 2006 along with a thousand books by the late Prof. Vera Laska of Regis College.  The postcards were scanned by library staff and uploaded to Flickr.  They make an interesting pictorial collection of Mexican history.

To see the Vera Laska Flickr collection, click here.

To see the Mexico City postcard, as published in Places, click here.

To read the Places article, “Olympic Urbanism:  the Athletes’ Village”, click here.

Steve Pemberton’s Book

June 26, 2012

Steve Pemberton was the commencement speaker at RCC last month.  Those who were impressed by his inspiring address will also profit from the story of his life recounted in his memoir, A Chance in the World, An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home.  It is available in the library, call number HV 983.P46 2012.  Click http://www.chanceintheworld.com for Steve’s website, descriptions of the book, and a video of his presentations.

Archive Digitization Update

February 27, 2012

The Library has just completed the second phase of its recent digitization project. This project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program. Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover- to-cover and in full color.  You can choose from a variety of formats, page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF, or search the full text version. A range of materials has been digitized, including Annual Reports, Catalogs, Commencement and Honors Assembly programs, RCC Newsletters and Newspapers, Student Handbooks, and Yearbooks.

Want to transfer your credits and need a course description from 2004? Search in the Roxbury Community College 2004-2006 Catalog <http://www.archive.org/details/roxburycommunity0406roxb>.

Looking for a photo of the Women’s Basketball team? Check out one of the 13 RCC Yearbooks<http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=mediatype%3Atexts%20AND%20collection%3Aroxburycommunitycollegelibrary%20AND%20subject%3A%22Roxbury%20Community%20College–Yearbooks%22> we have online.

Trying to remember who gave the Commencement Address ten years ago? Look at the 2002 Commencement Program <http://www.archive.org/details/roxburycommunity2002roxb>.

To view the collections, visit http://www.archive.org/details/roxburycommunitycollegelibrary.

If you have any questions about this project and the works that have been digitized, please contact Mark Lawrence, Library Director or Autumn Haag, Librarian Archivist.

Research in CC Science Labs

January 24, 2012

 “With NSF Support, Research Moves Into Science Labs of 2-Year Colleges”

Click HERE to read article.

 This article is from  The Chronicle of Higher Education, the main news service for the U.S. academic world.  It is available to the RCC community through library subscription.  The main link is at Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Go to Home tab for this week’s edition. 
  • Go to the News tab and choose Community Colleges for CC updates. 
  • Go to the Facts & Figures tab for loads of data from the Almanac of Higher Education.  
  • Use the Search the Chronicle field to search all Chronicle content since 1998.   To sign up for the free online Community College newsletter, use Create a Free Account (at top of screen) and follow directions.  Lots more.

Try this:

  • Create a recurring appointment  in MS Outlook to remind yourself on Monday when a new issue comes out.  Paste the Chronicle of Higher Education link into the appointment when you set it up and simply click to access.  If you will be accessing from home, type your library barcode number in the appointment so you don’t have to look it up every time.

Contact library staff if any problems.

You Can Now Download Ebrary Ebooks

January 14, 2012

When the RCC library got 21,000 ebrary ebooks two years ago, users asked “Can I download ebrary books?”  The answer was NO.

The answer now is YES.  You can now download an ebrary ebook to another devise and read it without being connected to the Internet.   You can download to devises like iPhone or iPad or to an ereader like Nook.  (The only major ereader not supported is Kindle.)

By the way, by “download” we do not mean download-and-KEEP.  When downloaded, the ebook will stay on your devise for two weeks, after which it dissapears.  If you still need it, download again.  You can have ten books downloaded and available at the same time. 

The first step is to get a free copy of Adobe Digital Editions where the downloaded books can be read.  Follow these directions below from Adobe.  If you have questions, contact library staff.

Downloading Entire Documents for use with Adobe Digital Editions

You may download up to 10 entire documents at a time using Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program for Windows and Mac.

To install and activate Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Follow the instructions for installation and activation.

To download an entire document to your computer:

  1. Click on the Download button in the search results or QuickView. You may be prompted to sign in.
  2. Select the option to Download the entire document.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Choose whether to Open with Adobe Digital Editions or Save file to open later.
  5. Click OK.

You may open the document with Adobe Digital Editions and utilize features including organizing the library, using bookshelves, transferring documents to supported devices, navigating documents, searching text, creating bookmarks, printing, returning the document early, and more. Note: Any notes or highlights created in Adobe Digital Editions won’t be synced with your online bookshelf.

To transfer document(s) to an eReader:

  1. Connect your supported device to your computer and launch Adobe Digital Editions. You may be prompted to create or enter your Adobe ID.
  2. Adobe Digital Editions automatically detects your device and may offer to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.
  3. The device now appears as a new bookshelf in the library. Drag and drop the downloaded document(s) you wish to transfer.

To transfer document(s) to an iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad):

  1. Download a compatible reading app (such as Bluefire Reader) from the App Store onto your iOS device.
  2. Connect your device to your computer, open iTunes, and sync your device.
  3. Click on the Apps tab and scroll down to File Sharing.
  4. Click on Add, navigate to your My Digital Editions folder, and select the PDF file(s) of the document(s) you’d like to transfer. Make sure you don’t select the .acsm file(s).
  5. Re-sync your device.

You should now be able to read the document on your iOS device. You may need to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.

To return a document early:

  1. In Adobe Digital Editions, click on the arrow icon on the document you wish to return early.
  2. Select Returned Borrowed Item.
  3. Click OK.
  4. You may also wish to Delete Item from your library by clicking on the same arrow.

Documents that are downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions automatically expire at the end of the pre-designated period and are rendered unusable.

AIDS Display and New Research Guides

December 7, 2011

To mark World AIDS Day on December 1, the library mounted a book display on AIDS awareness near the circulation desk.  This display will be up for the rest of the month.

Library staff members have also created two online research guides mirroring students’ interest in and concern for the current economic realities.  The first is on the Global Economic Recession at http://rcclibrary.wikispaces.com/GlobalEconomicRecession.  It features good resources to find the causes, data and prospects for recovery.

The second research guide is Economic Inequality at http://rcclibrary.wikispaces.com/Economic_Inequality.  The growing inequality between the top 1 percent of the population and the bottom 99 is the widest since the 1920’s.

The library online research guides are one of the most used library resources accessed over 71,000 times in the last 10 months.  Here is the link to all of them:  http://www.rcc.mass.edu/Lib/Eresources/Guides.html.

If you are in the neighborhood, stop in for a look at the festive library holiday tree. 

NetAnatomy

November 3, 2011

The library has as added NetAnatomy, a new database to support the RCC curriculum.  NetAnatomy is designed to teach human anatomy to students of the health professions, including undergraduate medical, health sciences, and nursing students.  It will be particularly helpful in the Radiology program and faculty and students in Anatomy & Physiology sections may find it helpful.  NetAnatomy was selected by Scientific American as a top science and technology web site. 

To access NetAnatomy:

  • Go to library website: www.rcc.mass.edu/lib
  • Select Articles
  • Select Subject List
  • Select Health/Nursing
  • Select NetAnatomy

Additions to Faculty/Staff Publications list

September 30, 2011

At the beginning of September 2011, the RCC Faculty and Staff Publication list, containing some 360 items, was released to the RCC Community.  There has been a surprising interest in this list.  Additional items, for the faculty and staff listed below, were added throughout the rest of September.  RCC, like all community colleges, emphasizes teaching.  However, some faculty and staff do research and/or publish too.  This list seeks to recognize these efforts and also to encourage collaboration among the like minded.

Rosalind Agwu-Igbani

Anthony Aiya-oba

Wode Alade

Joan Ashlock

Theresa Brewer

Andemariam Gebremichael

Gimba Hassan

Mark Kjellman

Aggrey Mbere

Brenda Mercomes

Mekonnen Meshesha

Edmond J. Moussally

Mike Nduaguba

Stacey Olson

Tom Reeves

John D. Savage

Kimberly Stieglitz

Hugh Stringer

Royal Tucker

Georgia Weetman

To see items for these individuals or to see the whole list, click right here.  (The list is also available from the Faculty Services link on the library website www.rcc.mass.edu/lib.)  When possible, live links to documents are provided.  If you would like to add to the list, contact Autumn Haag, who is in charge of this effort, at ahaag@rcc.mass.edu.


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