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Study Preferences of STEM Students: AiA Introduction

Asssessment in Action: Library Use on the Knox College Campus


The Seats Don’t Lie: Study Preferences of STEM Students

Knox College, Galesburg, IL

Our research gained insight into the study habits of Knox students enrolled in STEM courses especially in regard to use of the campus libraries.  Using mixed methods research, results indicate preferences for a variety of study spaces to accommodate quiet, communal, and collaborative study for individuals and groups. The data allows us to assess both the niche that the current science branch library fills and the future requirements a renovated facility must have to encourage and sustain student success. [ AiA project report ]

AiA Team

Anne Giffey (Team Lead)
Assistant Librarian - Public Services

Ryan Lynch
Assistant Librarian - Instructional Services

Leah Adams-Curtis
Director Academic Assessment

Helen Hoyt
Assistant Professor Chemistry

Jeff Douglas
Library Director


This project is part of the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” which is undertaken by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (project report)