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Research Library Impact Framework Initiative and Pilots: Special Collections

Research question: (How) do the library’s special collections specifically support and promote teaching, learning, and research?

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Pilot Project: UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) will use Rare Books and Manuscripts Section/Society of American Archives Guidelines and Association of College and Research Libraries Framework to create a Logic Model framework to identify three types of outcomes: initial (attainment of new skills and knowledge), intermediate (behavioral change), and long term (change in status). The logic model will be applied to the Humanities Core program, a year- long undergraduate freshman course that gives students an introduction to the development of scholarly research through the use of primary and secondary source resources, to determine if UCI Special Collections primary source workshops are effective in allowing students to achieve the outcomes specified in the initial stage. UCI will use entrance and exit surveys as assessment tools.

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Pilot Project: University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh will use Rare Books and Manuscripts Section/Society of American Archives Guidelines and Association of College and Research Libraries Framework to create a Logic Model framework to identify three types of outcomes: initial (attainment of new skills and knowledge), intermediate (behavioral change), and long term (change in status). Studying the Archival Scholars Research Awards (ASRA), an undergraduate scholarship award, as well as their Primary Source Integration into Classroom Learning session, the University of Pittsburgh will strive to assess the initial and intermediate learning outcomes for these two specific programs.

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Practice Brief: Johns Hopkins University

This practice brief describes the assessment project undertaken by the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University to see how the Freshman Fellows experience impacted the fellows’ studies and co-curricular activities at the university. Freshmen Fellows, established in 2016, is a signature opportunity to expose students to primary-source collections early in their college career by pairing four fellows with four curators on individual research projects. The program graduated its first cohort of fellows in spring 2020. The brief includes a semi-structured interview guide, program guidelines, and a primary research rubric.

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Pilot Project: Western University

Western Archives and Special Collections, Western Libraries, examined the use of archival special collections by Western University’s History Department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as by faculty and post-doctoral researchers. The team’s objectives were to understand the impact of archival holdings and services on Western University’s History Department, understand why they serve certain members of the History Department and not others, and identify opportunities to serve non-users of the archives.

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