Benedictine College Library Selected to Participate in National Program

Benedictine College Library Selected to Participate in National Program

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Benedictine College Library is one of only 73 institutions chosen nationally to participate in “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA).”  The program, which will focus on the area of information literacy in the curriculum, is underwritten by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). A team of faculty, staff, and students will begin discussions in the fall. 

“As we move deeper into the 21st century, it is increasingly clear that students need help not in finding information, but in managing, analyzing, and evaluating the information they are already inundated with,” said Dr. Kimberly Shankman, Dean of the College. “This project gives us the opportunity to help them develop these crucial skills.”

The Benedictine team will include three librarians, four faculty members, one member of the college staff and three students.  

According to the ACRL, participants in the AiA program will work on the development and implementation of an action learning project examining the impact of the library on student success and contributing to assessment activities on their campus. The projects will result in a variety of approaches to assessing library impact on student learning which will be documented and disseminated for use by the wider academic library and higher education communities. The different perspectives and experiences represented by the institutional team members will foster a collaborative approach to assessing the library’s impact on student learning and success on the campus of each participating institution. Learn more at

“This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our commitment to prepare information literate students capable of making positive contributions to a data driven, continually connected world,” said Library Director Steven Gromatzky.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.