Welcome to the 2015-16 Student Library Survey Results where you will learn
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The last two years generated the two highest overall scores since the Thrift Library opened in 2008. This year's score was in the midrange. While still good, we miss very good and will continue to work towards "highest ever."
Comments - This is the first year in the eight year history of the Thrift Library that Library facilities are clean and well maintained was not the highest score. Although "second highest" is still wonderful, there have been increasing instances of coffee spills by library users smuggling in food and drink. We ask all library users to respect the No Food and Drink Policy which was created with the specific purpose of keeping the library beautiful. If you are hungry and thirsty, Books & Beans is a very short trip to the basement. More...
Library hours are traditionally the lowest score. The library periodically tests extended hours to see how many students show up and then uses the results in determining its hours. It may be time for another trial.
The three 3.7 scores were a surprise. While they may just be an anomaly, we will be thinking about them, and about ways to improve. them.
Greatest increase in the past five years:
Comments - Thanks to IT, the library's public computers were upgraded over the summer, MS Office was added to ALL computers, and color printing was added.
Greatest decrease in the past five years:
Comments - The library will be working to improve both scores over the next year.
Online vs. Classroom Students
Majors (only four majors reported in statistically significant numbers).
There were no three year trends either up or down.
This year's drawing winners are:
Grand Prize - $25.00 Target Card -
Runners up may pick from the Amazing Prize Box containing Book Bags, Chocolate, A Framed Inspirational Poster, USB Drives, Travel Mug, Post it Notes/ Markers, etc.
The Thrift Library expects to add over 100 books this summer as the result of suggestions provided by the Library Survey. Many have already been ordered.
All suggestions which apply to other areas - Faculty, Administration, IT Department, Housekeeping, etc. - have been passed on to the relevant party.
It was gratifying to note that the library had already begun, and in some cases even completed, making improvements suggested in the survey. These include:
A decline in the category of Personal Knowledge by Senior's was detected - though not shared by any other class. Nevertheless, the library will work to improve Student Library Orientations across all classes. In particular, more emphasis will be placed on teaching students how to find traditional resources, a task which has been deemphasized in recent years.