Posts Tagged ‘student attainment’

LIDP: end of project. Using libraries = good.

Posted on July 28th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I was in Huddersfield last week for the final project meeting of the Library Impact Data Project (LIDP).

LIDP was successful in proving that:

There is statistically significant relationship between both book loans and e-resources use and student attainment. And this is true across all of the universities in the study that provided data in these areas.

“We want to stress here again that we realise THIS IS NOT A CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP!  Other factors make a difference to student achievement, and there are always exceptions to the rule, but we have been able to link use of library resources to academic achievement.”

An initial (outline) report on how the University of Lincoln’s own activity-attainment holds up to this same statistical inspection is available to download from here [PDF]. As much as possible of the library activity data used in the project will be released under an Open Data Commons Attribution License in the near future, and hosted on the project blog.

LIDP [old photo]Thanks are due to Graham Stone, Dave Pattern, Bryony Ramsden, and all the project partners for the opportunity for Lincoln to participate in this project. We had fun getting our together. The end-of-project blog post for LIDP is here – it suggests some very interesting areas for further investigation.

Personally, I’m very interested in looking for cross-institutional comparisons – perhaps trying to explain particular levels of activity-attainment attached to individual subject areas, irrespective of which university the student is at (i.e. does a Lincoln computing student have more in common with a Lincoln business student, or with a Huddersfield computing student?). I’d also be interested in looking particularly at those students whose library activity behaviour changes through the life of their course, and who then go on to get a better degree than they might have been predicted based on their library activity in their first year.

“Finally, we have been astonished by how much interest there has been in our project. To date we have two articles ready for publication imminently and have another 2 in the pipeline. In addition by the end of October we will have delivered 11 conference papers on the project. All articles and conference presentations are accessibly at:

I can see this project getting cited, and cited again, simply every time anyone wants to argue that academic libraries are A Good Thing.

L to the I to the D to the P

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

Representatives of the eight partner institutions in the JISC Activity Data LIDP (Library Impact Data Project) met in person (and in Huddersfield) for the first time last week.

Denby Dale from the trainFrom the project blog:

“In a packed agenda we discussed the project in detail – we’ll be blogging the minutes soon.

“We also approved the project plan and discussed the hypothesis in some detail – look out for our first blog on that soon too! We are now working on getting the focus group questions out to everyone in the next few days.”

The original project hypothesis bears repeating here: if we can prove that it stands up, it’s obviously of some significance to libraries in UKHE.

There is a statistically significant correlation across a number of universities between library activity data and student attainment.

N.B. that’s the first and ‘official’ version of the hypothesis, taken from the project proposal. The language may be tightened up a little bit in the final project plan – i.e. what do we mean by “student attainment” – what measurement of attainment are we taking? (It’s degree classification, btw.)

Project Partners:

  1. University of Huddersfield
  2. University of Bradford
  3. De Montfort University
  4. University of Exeter
  5. University of Lincoln
  6. Liverpool John Moores University
  7. University of Salford
  8. Teesside University