Scan the Horizon

The Consortium Library has free scanners for your use.  Library users can scan books, articles, papers, photographs … really anything that can be placed flat on a desktop surface at the three Bookeye scanners.  That’s not all.  We also have a microform scanner, capable of digitizing microfilm and microfiche.

Users can save scans to a USB drive or email from the scanner.  We have two Bookeye scanners in the Copy Room on Level One, and a third scanner on Level Two, near the ARLIS atrium.

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Look for the Microform Scanner in the Copy Room on Level One.

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Step up to the (Charging) Bar

Have you ever found yourself at school and discovered your phone or your laptop needed a charge?  You scoured the library looking for an outlet, but you didn’t want to put your phone on the floor while you sat somewhere else?

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The Charging Bar on Level Two of the Consortium Library has you covered.  You can plug in your device (to an electrical outlet or USB connection) while you’re working, and stop worrying that the next person who walks by will step on it by mistake.

We’ve heard from students that you need more electrical outlets, and we have increased the overall number of outlets on Level Two.  Whether you’re at the Charging Bar or near the Government Documents collection, you’ll find more places to recharge than ever before.

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Library Adds Stand Up Stations

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A growing body of evidence suggests that too much sitting is bad for your health.  Studies show that on average, people who sit too much shave a few years off their lives, and they are at increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and other ailments.  On the other hand, workers with standing or sit-stand desks have been found to be more productive, experience less body discomfort, and show greater satisfaction and engagement in their work.

The Consortium Library responded to user requests and recently added three stand up stations to our public research computers.  With two PCs and a Mac, there’s something for everyone.  And speaking of something for everyone, in case you don’t feel like standing, we added high stools.

Be sure and look for the computers tucked around the corner from our Foucault Pendulum!

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LibQUAL comment analysis

The Library Assessment Team has analyzed comments submitted on the 2014 LibQUAL survey. We have distributed comments to the appropriate library departments, who will have the opportunity to incorporate user feedback into their future plans.

We thought you might be interested in a numerical analysis of the nature of comments: positive, negative, or neutral. While conventional wisdom may indicate that respondents are more likely to submit negative comments than positive, we found that the majority of comments from our users are positive.

To understand the two spreadsheets that follow, look at the pairs of columns by color. For example, 92 of the comments submitted by UAA users about Circulation were positive, 53 were negative, and one was neutral.

To put these figures in context, UAA users completed 2133 surveys, and left a total of 775 comments.  APU users completed 186 surveys, and left a total of 58 comments.

Thanks for reading!

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Congratulations to our Prize Winners!

Thanks to everyone who took the LibQUAL Survey in November 2014.  We appreciate your feedback, and the Consortium Library Assessment Team is analyzing your survey responses and comments.

Survey respondents were entered in a drawing for exciting prizes, and Dean Steve Rollins presented the prizes to all of our randomly selected winners.

 

Grand prize winner – APU student Sarah Cooley (iPad Air 2)

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Prize winner – UAA student Michaela Phillips ($100 gift certificate to Varsity Sports Grill)

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Prize winner – APU student Amber Peterson ($100 gift certificate to Varsity Sports Grill)

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Thanks again to everyone who took the time to fill out our survey.  The full results are posted on this site, and we will be sharing more analysis in the near future.

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How Your Answers to LibQual Make a Difference

As the Consortium Library gets ready to undertake its third LibQual survey, we thought it might be a good time to look at how student feedback directed changes that the library made using the results of the LibQual Survey conducted in 2011.

It was clear that more seating was important to you. Also, you wanted different kinds of seating. We added more seating in a variety of styles to give you a choice, and came up with better signage to reduce the confusion about where the quiet areas in the library were.003

 

 

 

We not only added seating, we increased the number of electrical plugs in the building and added seating that included a charging bar for your electronics.004

Our chairs get a lot of use. In addition to purchasing new seating, we reupholstered over three dozen chairs we already owned that had been almost loved to death.

 

 

 

Patrons indicated a need for longer hours. The library opened our Late Night Study Facility for the UAA & APU community. With your university ID card you have access to the building from 10PM to 1 AM Sunday through Thursday during the semester. We have expanded our weekend and evening hours.  We also standardized our hours for the summer and intersessions to cut down on confusion.

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More study rooms.  Boy are these popular. In the last year we had over 12,000 study room bookings.  The library added another group study room to bring our total to 16,and four individual study rooms for those who need that extra bit of solitary space.  Not only did we add the rooms themselves, we purchased software to allow for self booking.

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While you’re here studying, it’s important to you to have the tools you need to complete your work. We added a vending machine and filled it with stuff that you needed.001 We also added a third scanner on the second floor and a microfiche scanner in the copy room. Better living through technology.

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Patron safety and well being are important to everyone.  We’ve added and Emergency Defibrillator, a Med Sled, and and Emergency Phone to the library.

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We hope this post has shown you that we take your input very seriously. We want to continue to shape the UAA/APU Consortium library to work in the best possible way for our students, staff and faculty. We are looking forward to what LibQual 2014 has in store.

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