The University Libraries is a vital partner in UT’s journey toward becoming a Top 25 public research university.
Everyone who loves libraries is familiar with the conventional ways in which academic libraries support teaching and research — through selection of the most authoritative print and online resources to support student learning and faculty research, for instance.
But some of the Libraries’ contributions to UT’s Top 25 vision are less obvious.
UT Libraries faculty members are currently participating in an exclusive and important study of the value of academic libraries. The Lib-Value Project is exploring how and how much academic libraries contribute to their institutions. And so far results have been impressive.
One thing we’ve learned is that students who frequent the Libraries’ learning commons are more likely to perform well in their classes and to proceed to graduation. Our Commons offers research assistance, innovative new technologies, and even tutoring services. Perhaps equally important, the Commons is an attractive and welcoming 24-hour intellectual and social hub. Students who become regular visitors to the Commons are more certain to find a home in the university community.
While the University of Tennessee is a state-assisted public institution, it receives less than one-third of its support from the state of Tennessee. The remainder of the university’s budget comes from student tuition, fees, auxiliary enterprises, contracts, grants and charitable giving. Private gifts to university libraries can mean all the difference between offering basic services and providing world-class resources.