Library Student Resource Group October 23 2012

Present: Adreanne Breton, Allison Demes, Chris Dunlap, Evan Kuehn, Samantha Lee, Christina McClernon, Julia Sizek, Zhui Wang
From the Library:Judi Nadler (chair), Alice Schreyer, Rebecca Starkey, James Vaughan

Welcome, Introductions, and Context for the New Academic Year

The LSRG welcomed new members and Judi briefly outlined the purposes of the group and highlights of the preceding year. The Library Student Resource Group serves as channel of communication between students (graduate and undergraduate) and the Library. Although the Library has many things we would like to bring to the LSRG for attention of its members, we also want to make sure the agenda is driven by what LSRG members want to discuss.

2011-2012 has been a good year for the Library. We celebrated the opening of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, and loaded over 1 million volumes into Mansueto. The average retrieval time for a Mansueto item is around 7 minutes, substantially faster than the advertised 15- minute time.

Another highlight of 2011-2012 was the Library reorganization (please see the chart of the Library organizational structure) which created three new program areas: Collection Services, User Services, and Digital Services. As the new Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, Area Studies, and Special Collections, Alice Schreyer  is in charge of general and special collections in the humanities and social sciences. Alice joins us today and will speak later about planning for Regenstein's upper floors.

Communication: The Library and Facebook

Rachel demonstrated the Library's new presence on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uchicagolibrary. Please take a look at the page, like it, and tell your friends: our primary audience for this page is students!

Does the LSRG have any suggestions for additional content for the Facebook page? LSRG members suggested:

Do LSRG members "click through" Facebook to longer articles? (Many LSRG members indicated they did read longer articles that had short snippets posted on Facebook.)

Is it redundant to put up an identical post on Facebook and other venues such as the Library News website? (LSRG members indicated this duplication was fine; it's expected that content appear multiple places.)

How do LSRG members feel about Twitter? Most members indicated they don't use Twitter much.

Communication: Library Newsletters and Consultations

The Library does several email-based newsletters for the College and various departments. Some past newsletters are available for viewing. Rebecca distributed copies of a recent newsletter sent to the College and asked for LSRG feedback: any suggestions for future newsletters?

How are newsletters distributed? Most are sent via the College Mailroom or pushed out by subject specialists to departmental lists. One LSRG member suggested it would be helpful to view Library newsletters outside our core field: it can be useful to see what resources and workshops are being publicized for other departments, especially since much of our work can be interdisciplinary.

Some graduate students, especially PhD students, read the Grad Guide published by Graduate Student Affairs.

Spaces: Enhancing Regenstein for Research and Study

Alice and Jim co-chair a Library group that is conceptualizing the upper floors of Regenstein (floors 2-5). Since the building's opening in 1970, we've made several changes to these floors--but most have been done in piecemeal fashion. We thought it was an appropriate time to take a comprehensive, systematic look at the arrangements on all upper floors. We've been working with the same architectural firm (Booth Hansen) that designed the new first floor and the corridor between Regenstein and Mansueto. We recognize that Regenstein must serve different user groups as well as enable different methods of research and study.  Some changes that have already been made include:

As we plan, there are a few space ideas we are exploring:

LSRG members asked about increasing the number of group study rooms, and noted that often these rooms are in use by one person only, or by individuals who are all doing individual study (not collaborative work). Could we have more signs or other visible indicators that these rooms are reserved for group work?

A few LSRG members inquired about the status of the A-Level. The Library has removed the bookcases that were being used as swing space for the collections move and replaced them with study tables, but there's a desire for more planning about how to effectively use the A-Level. We'd like to bring together the LSRG and a similar student advisory group from IT Services to discuss the A-Level.

Services: Research Consultations and Discontinuing RefWorks

 Do students often make consultation appointments with bibliographers? LSRG members enjoy being able to meet 1:1 with subject specialists, but indicated most students don't use this service: it's difficult to find time for appointments, many students only want to meet with a librarian if it's necessary (and for basic undergraduate research it's often not necessary to involve a librarian), and not all students know they can meet with a bibliographer. LSRG members suggested the Library think about:

The Library will be discontinuing RefWorks after FY2013. No new RefWorks accounts are being created. We offer workshops on alternative citation tools, like Zotero or EndNoteWeb, and are happy to work with patrons making the transition to another citation management tool. Do LSRG members have any thoughts or concerns about this?

 

Next meeting: Tuesday, November 13.