Suggestions, Discussions, etc.


05.20.10 - Basic Surveys for Librarians / Lyrasis online class

This online class lasted two hours, required a $120 registration, and also required a plugin to be downloaded and installed.  Those aren't necessarily bad things; I'm just noting them.  Sarah Struble also attended.

The title is apt, as the content was quite basic, but did provided some good tips.  Instead of listing all that was presented, I am going to focus my notes on areas where I learned something new, or learned about something that might apply to the Assessment Committee's survey project.

Possible question: How do the faculty like to receive notification of things as basic as new collections, new services...  etc.?

Possible demographic questions: should we ask age group (not exact age, obviously)?  gender?  How might we use that info?

Possible question to address issue of whether students can tell the difference between the web and library subscription databases?
I most often access JSTOR by
a> searching Google/Google Scholar
b> going to directly
c> going through the library website
d> don't use JSTOR / what is JSTOR?

Do we want to consider color coding for more than one page? The presenter (Russell Palmer) suggested this for ease-of-use.

The last questions on the survey should be the most important ones, that really get at the crux of the issues we want to test.

End with reminders such as checking for completion, possibly including incentives for early returns of the survey, and a thank you!

Do surveys where the users are: go to book store, or when the students return books.

Here are some key bookmarks to check out from the presenter:  - sample user surveys!

judith seiss - sample survey questions!
zoho - open web tools including zoho polls

More of the presenter's bookmarks at delicious.

Anyone wishing to know more about the topic can contact me, as I have a pdf of the slides and can also access a recording of the session.

-Dan B

10/16/08 - E-Books Cataloging

During the last Assessment Group meeting on 9/18, the Group had a  discussion on the need to catalog e-books. One of the measures ARL uses to rank Libraries is the number of e-books available through a Library's Catalog.  We can no longer can count e-books unless they are included in the Library's Catalog. This is a change that will affect Library rankings. Since the ARL Statistics are key to our Library's assessment, the Assessment Group is considering making a recommendation to the Library Director about this issue.


central web-space for actual stats?

I recently took a look at the data farm at Upenn, and it seemed pretty basic.  We once looked at what I might call my "farm attempt" in one of our meetings.  It was like that data farm in that it is an attempt to provide staff a central place to go for actual stats.  Holly had a slightly different interpretation on her newly created "library/data" directory, in that she also very much wanted to provide help or tutorials on how staff might use the stats.  But I wanted to avoid that, because I knew if I tried to do that it could really drain on my time, and I don't have a lot of time for this.  She also knew where to get stats that I did not know about.


I suggest we still need a central place for actual stat collection (even if it's only just a link (for instance, to Google Analytics), and that we need to decide if it will be open or closed to the public (or one of each).  I further suggest that we do not focus, at least initially, on providing help or tutorials for whatever might be available there.