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Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine

Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine | Information Science | Scoop.it
- “Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries: Reaching Across the Great Divide,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, takes an honest look at learning commons in academic libraries and discusses what is working and what is not.

To evaluate their findings, authors Michele Crump and LeiLani Freund examine the measurement tools that libraries have used to evaluate usage and satisfaction, including contemporary anthropological studies that provide a more detailed view of students’ approach to research. They take a candid look at these redesigns and ask if improvements have lived up to expectations of increased service and user satisfaction. Including many actual survey questions and answers, this book will help academic librarians and administrators provide better services to student users.

 

Book available here: http://www.neal-schuman.com/mtnos


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 5, 2013 2:46 AM

Good to read to enhance services, especially in academic libraries

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Guest Post: The New Archivist's Job Search | Hiring Librarians

Shannon Lausch :

"I am so excited to be able to present this guest post by Shannon Lausch, in which she reports on her very current research, conducted in partnership with Rebecca Goldman, into what it's like to job hunt as a newly graduated archivist. I heard about their work via the SNAP listserv. If you’re a new archivist, you should check it out. I’ve been very impressed with both the discussions and level of collegiality that can be found there.

Shannon’s analysis is fascinating – there are both expected and surprising results."

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"It is a tough and strange market in the archives world, one where you may go from hearing nothing for months to landing a full-time professional position after receiving an interview from just one institution. Or you may have to face the uncertainties of the job market again and again, finding multiple temporary project positions. Having a strong network of those who can help you in making sure your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills are in top form is critical for making sure when opportunity strikes, you’re ready."


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The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed

The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed | Information Science | Scoop.it

Submitted by Patricia J Delois:

RT @sallyheroes: "It appears that the number one thing patrons use the library for is (prepare yourself) books": http://t.co/CEiQTtdC via @JustinLibrarian...

 

"[...] surprised they would select books when they have so many other things to choose from. I imagine he’s even more surprised to learn that something else patrons rate highly is personal interaction with the staff. I don’t know who designed the survey, but it couldn’t have been the director. It wouldn’t have occurred to him to put “human interaction” on the list of things patrons might value. He’s all about technology.

No one disputes that technology has improved the library experience for the patron. You can search the catalog from home and access our subscribed databases. You can place your own holds, request your own interlibrary loan materials, download books to your own devices.

The library is working towards self-checkout, presumably so you can conduct all your library business without ever having to interact with the staff. This must sound like a dream-come-true for the director, who hates to interact with the library staff, but for patrons, there’s more to the library than just the delivery of materials. They like human contact."


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Assessing Campus Libraries

Assessing Campus Libraries | Information Science | Scoop.it

Students are satisfied overall with the role academic libraries play in their lives, but more than a third of them do not see the libraries as crucial to their academic success, according to a new survey.

 

The study, conducted by Library Journal, gathered data from 2,516 students at four- and two-year colleges about their opinions and habits in relation to their campus libraries and online library portals.

In many respects libraries fared well.

 

The survey found that more than half (55 percent) of students typically find what they are looking for on a typical visit to either libraries or library portals.

 

“Of notable concern is the decrease in assurance that the academic library helps students understand what is being learned in class and offers unique support,” write the authors of the report, which is not freely available.

 

Read more:  http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/30/survey-suggests-students-feel-satisfied-not-escstatic-about-library-services

 


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, March 23, 2013 4:13 AM

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What are the libraries of the future going to look like?  Do we really need them?

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Nearly 40% of libraries will let you check out an e-reader, as ebook penetration soars

Nearly 40% of libraries will let you check out an e-reader, as ebook penetration soars | Information Science | Scoop.it

by ALEX WILHELM:

"New data out from the American Library Association (ALA) paints a firm picture of ebooks and their companion devices: that they are utterly now completely mainstream. Libraries, generally considered to be somewhat staid institutions, are offering ebooks for check out in growing numbers, and increasingly, offering up e-readers themselves for loan.

According to a study conducted by the ALA, some 76% of libraries offer ebooks to their patrons, up 9% from the year before. The same study indicates that 39% of libraries lend e-readers as well. Libraries are not the only folk having success with the lending of digital books, Amazon itself reported in April that its Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has greatly driven the sale of backlist titles."


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