Recommended Library Contributions to Retention of Premedical Students

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Poster for the 2015 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition. This poster discusses recommended library contributions to the retention of premedical students.

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O'Toole, Erin May 19, 2015.

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Poster for the 2015 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition. This poster discusses recommended library contributions to the retention of premedical students.

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Abstract: Objectives: What are the major barriers to retention among pre-medical undergraduate students? Does addressing the barriers map to the responsibilities of academic librarians, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) "Standards for Libraries in Higher Education"? Based on the Performance Indicators in the ACRL standards, what are potential library contributions to increase the retention of pre-medical students? Methods: Data sources: Educational literature from 1994 to 2014; government documents about STEM education published by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Center for Education Statistics; and "Standards for Libraries in Higher Education" published by ACRL. Data Extraction: A narrative review of the educational literature and government documents, followed by mapping of retention barriers to the Performance Indicators in the ACRL's "Standards for Libraries in Higher Education." Recommendation Creation: Brainstorming of potential library activities that align with the Performance Indicators from the ACRL's "Standards for Libraries in Higher Education." Results: The major barriers to retention of pre-medical students are poor teaching by STEM faculty, lack of academic and administrative support, rejection of current and future work/life imbalance, and inadequate preparation of college. For all of these barriers, it falls within the responsibilities of academic librarians to intervene to increase retention. Recommended contributions to retention are specialized collection development, and collaboration with faculty and other campus partners. Conclusions: It is the responsibility of academic librarians to apply their unique skills and collaborate with faculty and campus partners to increase retention of pre-medical undergraduates, according to the ACRL's standards for academic libraries. These recommended contributions are only a starting point. Academic librarians are encouraged to implement the suggested activities or develop their own interventions. Most importantly, we need to assess the impact of our activities to produce evidence that librarians can be contributing partners in increasing retention of pre-medical students.

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  • Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 2015, Austin, Texas, United States

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  • May 29, 2015, 9:36 p.m.

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O'Toole, Erin. Recommended Library Contributions to Retention of Premedical Students, poster, May 19, 2015; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc505771/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .