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UTSA Libraries offers survey to meet needs of students, faculty and staff

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(March 27, 2012) -- Through April 18, the entire UTSA community can share their thoughts about the UTSA Libraries in a five-minute, eight-question survey.

>> Take the online UTSA Libraries Survey.

Offered every two years, the Association of Research Libraries developed the survey, and more than 1,000 libraries nationwide have participated. Everyone who takes it will remain anonymous. At the end of the survey, students will be given an option to enter a drawing for an iPad.

For senior JoAnna McCulley, the UTSA Libraries are an important part of her college education. She studies between 10 and 20 hours each week at the John Peace Library and also interns there. She says she is a successful student because she is able to focus on schoolwork in the library. But, if there were one thing she could change about the JPL, it would be to add more open study spaces.

McCulley, an English major, said for the UTSA Libraries to have a survey asking about her wants and needs, shows a "we-care kind of attitude." "If (the Libraries) are helping us by providing services, it makes sense to provide a survey which lets them see what our needs are," she said. "I think the library wouldn't be successful with the amount of students it helps if the survey wasn't conducted."

"This library survey is an important tool to get the UTSA community's perspective on how the UTSA Libraries are doing," said Krisellen Maloney, UTSA dean of libraries. "We take the results of the survey very seriously and make sure our libraries continue to evolve to meet the growing needs of our students, faculty and staff."

Through the survey, students in 2010 expressed frustration with the amount of noise in the libraries. "As a result, renovations were made to add a quiet study room on the second floor of the JPL," said Jan Kemp, assistant dean for public services at the UTSA Libraries. "Results of the survey allow us to measure how well we are meeting our users" expectations, and we use the data to see how we're doing over time."

"We continually want to make the libraries better," Kemp said. "We want them to be as helpful to students as possible. A really important part of a student's college education is to have a good library that meets their needs. It gives them a place to study, concentrate and helps them when they have library research assignments -- or any information needs. That's why we're here."

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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