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Library Impact Data Project

Bryony Ramsden (Subject Librarian)Dave Pattern (Library Systems Manager)

University of Huddersfield |


Twitterif tweeting, please use the hashtag!

@graham_stone(Graham, Project Manager)

@librarygirlknit(Bryony, Research Assistant)@daveyp(Dave, Technical Support)


First-class honours (1)

Upper second class honours (2:1)

Lower second class honours (2:2)

Third-class honours (3)

Ordinary degree (without honours)

Measuring Library ImpactUK Undergraduate Degrees


Library Impact Data Projectproject partners

University of Bradford

De Montfort University

University of Exeter

University of Huddersfield (lead partner)

University of Lincoln

Liverpool John Moores University

University of Salford

Teesside University



Library Impact Data Projectproject hypothesis

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

Library Impact Data Projectdisclaimer: not cause and effect!

borrowing more books≠ better grade

...or does it? ;-)

Final degree classification

Course/Subject details

Total number of...

library loans

e-resource logins

visits to the library

Library Impact Data Project data collected for each student...

UK Data Protection Act 1998

University Student Handbooks

Data anonymisation

Project data release

Open Data Commons Licence

Library Impact Data Projectlegal issues...

Available data problematic

Began with averages for basic analysis

Analysis based on differences

Library Impact Data Project statistical analysis

Used as discovery tool

Ideal for unusual usage

Shamelessbribery 

Library Impact Data Project focus groups

Guidance on how toreplicate our research

Library Impact Data Project project toolkit


Library Impact Data Project so, what next...?

Further research at Huddersfield...

analysis of the relationship at course level

how to target staff resources more effectively

the impact of reading lists and recommendations

feasibility of a national level service

Library Impact Data Project so, what next...?

There is a relationship between library resource use and degree attainment as demonstrated across multiple universities

Independent research in other countries into this relationship has similar findings

Library Impact Data Projectsummary...