UGA Libraries Student Success Activity Examples

This document is not meant to be exhaustive, but to serve as a starting point for departments and individuals when the need arises to showcase how their work impacts student success.

University-wide Student Success Examples draft:


Any/all departments

  • Organizing or volunteering at a Paws & Relax event
  • Staffing information fairs and speaking at orientations for new graduate, international, and transfer students, as well as other student populations
  • Informing students about services and events on social media channels
  • Serving as an embedded librarian/archivist
  • Teaching a session for a UGA student group or credit-bearing class
  • Speaking about Libraries’ resources at a UGA department’s new student orientation
  • Expending university and state resources to maximize student access to print and electronic materials
  • Providing students with successful examples of group and collaborative work that they can model inside their classes, student activities, or jobs
  • Partnering with other academic and career student support units on programming and outreach
  • Creating, developing, and enhancing support services and programming for specific student groups who may have additional needs or be underrepresented



  • Supervising or directing the work of a student worker or graduate assistantship
  • Developing and/or supervising a student position part of the experiential learning transcript


Acquisitions & Serials

  • Activating links to electronic resources to make them discoverable and available
  • Spending approximately $13M materials budget
  • Providing access to journals, databases, and print materials
  • Gathering and making available usage statistics to inform Collection Development decisions
  • Processing Rush and Notify materials in order to supply researchers with needed materials as quickly as possible


Access Services

  • Managing workflows facilitating the retrieval and delivery of physical or electronic research materials
  • Managing workflows to make sure student record data is up to date to facilitate easy access to physical and electronic research materials


Cataloging/Integrated Library System Management (ILSM)

  • Monitoring LibAnswers queue to troubleshoot access problems with electronic resources and print materials
  • Maintaining the online catalog to show accurate information about our holdings
  • Providing alternate access points and cross references
  • Assisting with metadata creation for other departments, including Brown Media Newsfilm Archive and Georgia Government Publications Database
  • Performing work in the online catalog to repair past practices that are no longer beneficial to findability of materials
  • Collaborating with staff members at the Cortona Library to ensure their materials are properly represented in the OPAC
  • Working with Research and Instruction to adjust the structure and display of the online catalog according to students' needs and search strategies
  • Cataloging Rush and Notify materials in order to supply researchers with needed materials as quickly as possible
  • Verifying the accuracy of descriptive information for new materials added to the online catalog


Collection Development

  • Selecting for purchase or subscription materials ranging from individual resources to large vendor packages
  • Maintaining the collection through review, binding, repair, and replacement of materials
  • Monitoring and interpreting usage and circulation statistics to determine current needs and to forecast future needs of students
  • Considering and fulfilling student purchase/subscription requests when possible
  • Participating in user-driven acquisitions programs that enable students to select library materials to add to the collection.
  • Determining the distribution of collection materials among Libraries facilities to maximize accessibility
  • Providing access to scholarly literature, which is important for students’ development of disciplinary knowledge


Digital Humanities Lab

  • Providing students with opportunities to present their research
  • Providing independent study opportunities and Data Office hours
  • Hosting a reading group for graduate students
  • Employing graduate assistant and undergraduate student workers who have the opportunity to teach DigiLab workshops for a variety of audiences


Digital Library of Georgia

  • Creating and maintaining free, web-accessible historic content
  • Creating and maintaining systems and data to aid print and electronic resource discovery
  • Training students to work in busy digital production environments and familiarizing them with collaboration tools that facilitate that work
  • Providing experiential learning and paid internships that give students experience in PR and digital marketing
  • Showing students the availability of accessible primary sources online that are available for free, and educating them that librarians and archivists make these resources possible
  • Teaching students about how good metadata improves the accessibility of almost everything they see online, even outside the context of libraries and archives


The Georgia Review

  • Publishing literary and critical work
  • Providing paid internships and pre-professional assistantships for graduate students
  • Preparing graduate students for academic-adjacent jobs
  • Offering affordable and free content for course adoption
  • Providing an experiential learning program that introduces upperclassmen to every department of magazine publishing
  • Giving talks around campus on publishing and working in the industry


Interlibrary Loan

  • Providing access to print and electronic material, either not owned by or missing from our Libraries
  • Maintaining awareness of and participating in resource sharing protocols among libraries and other information providers worldwide to insure timely and cost-effective acquiring of material needed by students


Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL)

  • Instruction via one-on-one consultations, class presentations, topical workshops, teaching for-credit courses, and developing asynchronous instructional content such as LibGuides and tutorials
  • Providing research support via reference consultation and drop-in help, as well as the description, digitization, preservation, and overall increased discoverability of content in the Libraries' collections
  • Experiential learning opportunities that provide student employees the ability to explore areas of interest to them professionally


Research & Instruction

  • Creating or updating web-based guides and tutorials to assist students with class assignments, techniques for searching online resources, and developing successful research strategies
  • Providing research consultations with students
  • Guest lecturing in a class to introduce students to Libraries’ resources and research strategies, as well as teaching for-credit courses
  • Answering student questions via desk service, chat, in the stacks, etc.
  • Providing research assistance online, in person, and by phone seven days a week
  • Developing and updating the Libraries’ website and database menus and gathering student feedback to inform improvements to the website and OPAC
  • Teaching groups and individuals technologies that support student projects, such as citation management systems, data analysis software, video editing, 3D printers, and more
  • Consulting with faculty on affordable learning (course reserves, linked to UGA subscriptions, OERs)
  • Promoting important information literacy skills


Special Collections

  • Curating exhibits showcasing student research
  • Helping coordinate the student docent program
  • Providing instruction in hands-on archival courses using special collections materials
  • Through the Special Collections Faculty Fellows Program, working with teaching faculty to develop course activities and assignments that offer primary source-centered active learning
  • Assisting students conducting research with primary sources
  • Organizing or leading tours of library facilities for UGA students
  • Processing and opening archival collections that are available for student research
  • Making complex archival materials (e.g., audio-visual or digital items) available and usable
  • Ensuring the long-term preservation and usability of digital materials in archival collections
  • Maintaining the archival management system to show accurate information about our holdings, contributing to the findability of research materials
  • Creating opportunities for students in service learning classes to contribute to library projects
  • Fundraising to support Experiential Learning opportunities and internships


UGA Press

  • Providing a selection of open access titles and notation resources
  • Serving as a resource on academic publishing
  • Offering paid internships
  • Maintaining the New Georgia Encyclopedia
  • Publishing scholarly books