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Self-Efficacy: That's What the Library is All About


Promoting Self-Efficacy with the Library

Library resources and services foster self-efficacy both within the classroom and as a key part of the college experience:

  • Experience Success:
    • At the beginning of the semester, when there is a scramble for textbooks, the Library promotes success by providing immediate access to required texts through Course Reserve.
    • The Library curates a collection of scholarly sources that directly support and complement the curriculum and individual assignments.
    • Library staff facilitate student efficacy by working with students at the Reference desk, one on one, online, and by appointment. After a student has found resources with a librarian she will then seek additional materials on her own.
  • Social Modeling and Social Persuasion
    • Library staff offer unconditional support to students. In our most recent Library survey nearly all students agreed that Library staff are friendly (97%) and helpful (96%).
    • When students come into the Library they see their peers working on assignments and asking questions from each other and the librarians.
    • Students  learn good study habits by being in an environment that supports them.
    • Group study rooms facilitate collaboration and allow students to support each other
    • Quiet study spaces carve out room for focused, individual work
    • Recreational spaces encourage lifelong study
  • Reducing Stress
    • Students introduced to the Library early in their coursework, through library instruction and library guides, are provided the necessary resources and skills for completing assignments in stages and on time. Students learn that they can return to the Library for further assistance with individual assignments and throughout their academic career. 
    • Calm, cross-trained, Library staff are open-minded, efficient problem solvers. When a student needs help at the last minute for an assignment or financial aid application, Library staff know where and how, online and on campus, to get the right information to get the work done. 
    • The Library provides two computer labs, collaborative study spaces equipped with computers/monitors/media players, low-cost, color and b&w, self-service printers and free fax service.

Bandura, A. (1997). Self-efficacy. Harvard Mental Health Letter, 13(9), 4.

Self-efficacy action items: Which will you implement?

Send students to the Science Learning Center for a tour and ask them to write a summary of the services and resources that will be most beneficial to them.
Yes: 5 votes (41.67%)
No: 7 votes (58.33%)
Total Votes: 12
Give an assignment that encourages students to use the Science Learning Center's resources.
Yes: 3 votes (50%)
No: 3 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 6
Send students to the Science Learning Center to sign up for an access code.
Yes: 5 votes (62.5%)
No: 3 votes (37.5%)
Total Votes: 8
Provide the Library with a copy of required text for Course Reserve.
Yes: 4 votes (57.14%)
No: 3 votes (42.86%)
Total Votes: 7
Recommend books and media to the Library for addition to the permanent collection.
Yes: 7 votes (100%)
No: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 7
Schedule library instruction for my face to face or online class.
Yes: 5 votes (71.43%)
No: 2 votes (28.57%)
Total Votes: 7
Encourage students to visit the Library, use resources, obtain a library card, or schedule an appointment with a librarian.
Yes: 7 votes (77.78%)
No: 2 votes (22.22%)
Total Votes: 9
Embed links to library materials and services, such as streaming videos, ebooks, and ask-a-librarian, into my online or web-enhanced class.
Yes: 5 votes (71.43%)
No: 2 votes (28.57%)
Total Votes: 7