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Library Assessment Plan

Library Space Assessment Goals

A vital part of the Library's Mission is to "provide its students, faculty, staff, and administration with the resources necessary to support their educational needs and objectives." In order to accomplish this, Henry Buhl Library seeks to achieve the following goals with respect to Library Space:


Goal 1: Provide work and study space for a diverse community of learners


In order to accomplish this library goal, we have established the following objectives for Library Space:

  • Provide furnishings and areas to optimize space usage of the library
  • Provide a variety of furniture types, available technology, and levels of quiet to accommodate a variety of study styles/preferences

Flip Charts

Description of Assessment Flip charts with a prompt regarding library space are posted in 2 locations in the library away from library staff, as well as online in the form of a Google Doc. Students are given 1-2 weeks to respond to the prompt. Responses are recorded and grouped into categories, then analyzed, looking for trends.
Responsibility Library Assessment Coordinator
Distribution of Results Library Director; Library Staff; Provost; L & T Committee, Board of Trustees; Assistant Dean of Institutional Assessment; VP of Operations
Assessment Schedule Periodically, as needed
Last Assessment Occurred Fall 2014
Changes Made Based on Assessment Data

1.  Improvements made to library's wi-fi. (2016)

2.  Air conditioning added to the Stacks area. (2016)

Photo Studies

Description of Assessment

Several locations in the library are selected, including areas of the Biblical Reference Room, Large Reference Room, and Stacks, and photographed at the same time each day over a two week period. The number of students in each area are counted and compared. Photos are also analyzed for trends in seating/use. Two weeks prior to the start of each photo study, notices are placed throughout the affected areas to explain the study and the dates it will occur.

Responsibility Library Assessment Coordinator
Distribution of Results Library Director; Library Staff; Provost; L & T Committee, Board of Trustees; Assistant Dean of Institutional Assessment
Assessment Schedule Periodically, as needed
Last Assessment Occurred Fall 2014
Changes Made Based on Assessment Data 1.  Comfy furniture and study tables moved to accommodate study preferences. (2014)

 

Student Surveys

Description of Assessment A sample of current GCC students received an online survey about resources and services to gather information about the types of resources students are aware of and use for school work and leisure, student use of the Reference Desk for research help, student use of social media (for marketing purposes), and how often students visit or access the library.
Responsibility Library Assessment Coordinator
Distribution of Results Library Director; Library Staff; Provost; L & T Committee, Board of Trustees; Assistant Dean of Institutional Assessment
Assessment Schedule Periodically, as needed
Last Assessment Occurred Spring 2014
Changes Made Based on Assessment Data None

Weekend Headcount Statistics

Description of Assessment Each Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday night, library student employees count the number of students using the Biblical & Large Reference Rooms, the 1st and 2nd Floor Stacks, and the comfy and high top furniture. The numbers are recorded and used to identify trends in furniture use and library attendance.
Responsibility Library Assessment Coordinator
Distribution of Results Library Director; Library Staff; Provost; L & T Committee, Board of Trustees (only distributed when major changes are noted)
Assessment Schedule Ongoing
Last Assessment Occurred Spring 2017
Changes Made Based on Assessment Data None