Date of Award

Spring 1-13-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Shelly Fransen

Second Advisor

Dr. Kathy Grover

Third Advisor

Dr. Cliff Davis


The academic library’s contribution to the institutional mission and goals is something library administrators have been striving to communicate to administrators since 2010 when the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) released their report entitled The Value of Academic Libraries. The purpose of this study was to evaluate how students perceive and report their usage of the academic library and to determine if students demonstrate a higher level of information literacy competency at the completion of a course including an embedded librarian compared to students without access to an embedded librarian. Library survey responses were evaluated for frequency of answers based on student perceptions of library value as well as reportage of library use. The mean scale score growth was evaluated for students enrolled in either the Spring 2019 nursing research course or the Spring 2020 nursing research course for both the matrix assignment (MA) and the final assignment (FA). The population for this study consisted of 3,500 eligible undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a private, four-year liberal arts university in Missouri during the Spring 2020 semester. The literature reviewed for the study supports the implementation of the embedded librarianship model within nursing programs in order to increase student success. Although the data did not reveal a significant difference in results based upon the presence of an embedded librarian, the students expressed increased self-efficacy and overall course grades improved.


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