When asked if they had any suggestions for improvement, 33 students answered...No, None, N/A, Not at this time, etc.
Thanks everyone. We really appreciate it.
When the library was planned we had to choose between a "beautiful/pristine" library and a casual/sometimes messy library. The fact that the number one answer on the library survey for 8 of the past 10 years has been the attractiveness of the facility, demonstrates that students appreciate the institution's decision to go with beautiful/pristine.
It's amazing how well the facility has held up all these years!
Knowing that students would want and need a place to eat and drink while studying, the institution addressed the issue by providing an onsite solution - Books and Beans. And now that the beautiful new Student Center has been completed, students have a second alternative study environment that allows food and drink. You can study with food and drink in the public areas of the Student center until midnight Sunday - Thursday and till 2AM, Friday and Saturday.
FYI - Only one other college library in South Carolina stays open later than us! Guess who?
For obvious reasons, we do not compare ourselves to Clemson or USC.
We agree that longer hours would be wonderful, but we have to justify them based upon actual foot traffic rather than the number of suggestions we receive, no matter how well reasoned. The way to increase library hours is to "vote with your feet." The library counts the number of students in the building every half hour. If you are present one half hour before closing or one half hour after opening, we count you as a vote for longer hours. Just remember, we count votes every day,
Because of the classes I have chosen to take, I haven't really had a true orientation to the library. It might be helpful if there was a general description of how the library is set up online, so students can quickly understand the basic layout and filing system. (If there a description already, then I am unaware of it.) You can learn all about the library from our Research Guides, including canned orientations.Try these resources:
Too many orientations. Just make one mandatory for a few gen Ed classes and then I wouldn't have taken four this semester alone.We agree with you. We just don't know how to make it happen. Due to the fact that the library provides orientations upon request, we have no control over how many you may receive...nor how many you may not. Some students have the opposite problem.
FYI - Both "Librarians are consistently courteous and helpful" and "Student workers are consistently courteous and helpful" scored 4.2 this year making them one of the library's highest scores. This is one of our most important goals.
Although you cannot reserve a study room just for yourself (minimum requirements are 3 people for a six seat room, and four people for an eight seat room) study rooms can be used on a first come, first served when not reserved and single users are welcome to use them in those circumstances.
For the most part the library relies on students to self-police the quiet floor. We only step in when there is a problem. Having said that we realize that students have different opinions on what is quiet. One person's quiet is a low tone of voice. Another person's quiet is silence.And both are valid. The seating selections - study room, cubicles, open tables, and lounge seating - are designed to cater to a variety of definitions of quiet, as opposed to only silence. As such they are self selecting. But if the floor is crowded when you arrive and the only seating available is at the open tables, you will find yourself among our loudest users - people who are seated at the tables for the express purpose of talking to their study group or friends. Normally the quiet floor is big enough for people to spread out and not disturb each other. Problems arise though as the floor reaches capacity and a "lot" of low voices combine tp crowd out the "quiet".
Given the fact that Anderson keeps growing, you can expect the quiet floor to grow more and more crowded. If you have any suggestions, we would love to have a conversation with you. Keep in mind that any solution, or partial solution, needs to be fair to all parties. We could solve this problem by eliminating open tables, but that would not be fair to that category of library user.
In the meantime we encourage you to take advantage of our free ear plugs. Although not to everybody's taste, they are popular enough that we give away over 500 pairs per year. Just ask at the Front Desk.