Universities and public libraries supporting student success: an exploratory study

Howlett, Alisa and Partridge, Helen and Belov, Rebecca (2017) Universities and public libraries supporting student success: an exploratory study. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 66 (2). pp. 139-151. ISSN 2475-0158

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As universities seek new ways to engage and support students in their learning, in Australia, students from regional and remote areas pose a challenge for universities given their geographical, social and technological isolation compared with their metropolitan counterparts. Much of the literature that address challenges associated with distance learning focus on teaching, course design and ways of accessing learning materials. Little is known about the provision of learning support services.

Public libraries are well placed within their communities to assist university students with their learning needs. The aim of this research was to explore the idea of universities and public library services working together to support regional student success. The University of Southern Queensland, provided the context for this study. Semi-structured interviews with representatives from public library services in regional areas of Queensland were conducted to find out what service is currently being provided to students; challenges, opportunities and related issues.

Thematic analysis was used to identify themes that told the ‘story’ within the data. Findings suggest there is an opportunity for universities and public libraries to work together to support regional student success, and that this opportunity is worthy of further discussion and exploration.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version made accessible in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - No Department
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 04:29
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning support; universities; public libraries; student success; regional areas; qualitative research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/24750158.2017.1314582
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31285

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