Consortium Library Asks …

What could the Consortium Library do differently to improve your Library experience?

This week we are asking our users to jot down their suggestions for how we could improve their experience. We will have big paper and pens by both library entrances from January 21-26 to collect your responses. We’ll share your ideas soon!

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What do you like best about the Consortium Library?

Thanks for your feedback! The Consortium Library Assessment Team placed posters near each library entrance for a week (Nov. 18-25, 2019), and collected answers to this question.

Here is what we heard: You enjoy the library space very much! You like the plants, the study areas, the windows, and the quiet atmosphere.

  • “It is a place where I can relax and gain peace back. A place to escape stress at home and just be free.”
  • “The architecture is gorgeous and it offers a clean and free place to study.”

You also like the staff and the services we provide. Group and individual study rooms, interlibrary loan, wifi, and late night hours were all mentioned multiple times.

  • “Displays in front are the best! Thx for keeping it fresh!”
  • “The reference librarians and student workers!”
  • “The staff are wonderful & accommodating.”

Finally, you like our resources. Many mentioned books, plus the government document section and periodicals also received shout outs.

  • “Newspaper records going back decades & out of print books”
  • “The books on medieval history”

We’ll be asking questions about once a month for the rest of the academic year. The library wants to hear from you!

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Consortium Library Asks …

This week we’re asking our users what they like best about the Consortium Library. We have big paper and pens near both library entrances. Take a moment to jot down an answer while you’re in the building, and we’ll post results to this site soon.

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Improved Wifi in the Consortium Library

We have made some great changes to the wireless network in the library. “APU Wifi – Anchorage” is now available for APU users. Also, the UAA Wifi “UAA Wifi – Guest” is much faster than it was before. Both the APU and guest networks require a self registration process for first time users.
For a description of each network and how to connect to
them, go to the page: Computers, Laptops, Internet Access & Wireless

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New Resources!

What do all of the following resources have in common?

Oxford English Dictionary—not only theEnglish-language dictionary but also theauthority on its evolution over the last millennium—and great for Scrabble too!

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection—a digital collection of American magazines, newspapers, and journals published 1684 – 1912that documents American life from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Subjects include the history of slavery, European views of the Americas, politics, religious issues, science, culture and the arts, health, women’s issues, industry and professions, education, advertising, and more. Contains illustrations, letters, excerpts of speeches.

The Anchorage Times—full-text content of local and regional news from 1970 – 1992. Gaps in coverage are being filled in over time, with the entire newspaper from 1915 – 1992 available eventually.

Now, add in additional E journal and E book titles from Masterfile and even more titles covering science and engineering.

You spoke, we listened! These are all new resources that we have added to our collection!

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LibQUAL+ Comment Analysis

In addition to the standard survey questions, LibQUAL+ includes a box for comments.  The Consortium Library Assessment Team has coded and analyzed the comments from the 2017 UAA and APU surveys.

Here are some highlights.

370 UAA users left a total of 637 comments.  The most frequent comments had to do with library hours, quiet spaces, building temperature, and food/drink/vending after hours.  Almost 10% of the comments expressed dissatisfaction with the library hours, and we were able to add more library hours during spring semester.

40 APU users left a total of 74 comments.  The most frequent comments from this group were about wifi and parking.  Not everyone is aware that since the last LibQUAL+ survey APU parking permits are now honored in the Consortium Library’s parking lots.  UAA provides public wifi that APU users can access in the library.

Overall, we received more positive than negative comments, and we received fewer negative comments about staff than in past surveys.  Many users named specific resources they would like to see reinstated when the budget allows.  You can read the 2017 LibQUAL+ comments here.

Watch this space for more information about changes at the library based on user comments.  We hear you!

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LibQUAL+ four year comparison

After conducting the LibQUAL+ Survey in November 2017, we have begun analyzing the results.  For the most part, our users are satisfied with the services we provide and with our library building, but satisfaction with our resources is declining.  This observation confirms our concern that budget reductions are causing our collection to suffer.

More details will be released in the weeks and months to come.  For now, we would like to share a few slides that demonstrate our users’ changing perceptions over the past nine years.

These radar charts show the aggregate results for the core survey questions.  Each axis represents one question. Please see the LibQUAL site for further explanation about reading these charts.

Essentially, Green is considered very favorable, blue is good, yellow is adequate, while red is unsatisfactory.

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Why Take the LibQUAL+ Survey? … Because we Listen.

Here are some of the changes we’ve made at the Consortium Library based on your feedback to previous LibQUAL+ Surveys:

Opened entrance on north side of the Library  

Extended study room reservation times








Built more study rooms for groups and individuals








Laptops for overnight checkout






Opened Late Night Study Facility for the UAA & APU community







Added vending machine with office supplies












Increased number and types of seats in the Library









Added electrical outlets and USB charging stations








Library Parking for APU








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