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Library Student Resource Group

April 23 2013

Present: Darrell Chia, Chris Dunlap, Charlie Kargman, Christina McClernon, Julia Sizek
From the Library:Judi Nadler (chair), Julie Piacentine, Rachel Rosenberg, Rebecca Starkey, James Vaughan, John Kimbrough


Electronic Resources for Alumni

The Library now offers access to five research databases to alumni. (Almost all of our licensing agreements with e-resource vendors limit access to current students, staff and faculty.) The databases include the following:

For more information about these services, please consult our LibGuide for "Electronic Resources for Alumni."

Bookstacks Lighting in Regenstein

We continue to replace the light switches in Regenstein with occupancy sensors: the project is expected to be fully complete in mid-May. LSRG members reported good experiences (so far) with the new occupancy sensors. We have temporary signs where the light switches used to be.

UBorrow and Recalls

In response to an earlier question from an LSRG member, we have compared UBorrow fill rate times with recall return times. Although some recalls come back within 24 hours (which can't happen with UBorrow), on average UBorrow fills requests a full day earlier than recalls are returned. One LSRG member noted he has started using UBorrow in preference to recalls because he can use the book for 12 weeks without fear of having it recalled. Some other libraries participating in UBorrow have decided to cease offering recalls (to patrons) entirely.

One LSRG member asked: is it possible to determine how often someone is inconvenienced by having a book checked out to UBorrow or ILL (i.e., on loan to another library)? Judi noted this is a question worth looking into.

Library Instructional Videos and the UChicagolibrary Youtube Channel

We recently have created several short instructional videos. Topics include printing in the Library, requesting articles through Interlibrary Loan, and using Google Scholar to access Library resources. All videos are posted on the Library's Youtube channel: Have you watched any of the Library's videos, and do you know they exist? LSRG members indicated they had not watched many Library videos, except when advertised through the Library's Facebook page.

Do you have recommendations for how we might publicize these instructional videos? LSRG members noted:

LSRG members also had suggestions for additional videos:

LSRG members also suggested continuing to do shorter videos: if necessary, do a series of shorter videos in a playlist rather than one really long video. There could also be an FAQ page, where each answer is a video.

How can the Library assess the effectiveness of videos? LSRG members thought polling might be useful: a short poll beneath the video, or pop-up at the end that asks, "now that you've seen this video, was it useful?"

The Evolving Roles of Research Libraries

evolving roles of research libraries graphicJudi introduced this topic by distributing a diagram that illustrates the evolving roles of research libraries (see left). The center circle (Past) shows the library as custodian of physical, locally owned and locally curated collections that are discoverable through local discovery tools and serviced and delivered in local, physical environments.The library as seen in the middle circle (Present) builds on the center circle and expands the library's resources to include physical and digital forms, local collections are enriched by collaboratively-built and co-owned collections; discoverability and access are both physical and virtual; services are performed in physical and virtual environments; perpetuity is ensured through a combination of local, vended, and collective solutions. The outer circle (Future) builds on the hybrid environment of the middle cycle with added emphasis on digital forms and collaboratively-built collections. Discovery is ubiquitous, access is seamless, and services are increasingly virtual. Libraries are integrated learning spaces. Collaborative solutions are the norm.

The movement from inner to outer circle is fueled by technology and environmental change, and guided by demand and mission. Increasingly, changes in how libraries carry out their mission change our understanding of the mission itself. The traditional roles of the library: collections, discovery, access, service, and perpetuity are echoed throughout the circles, but the lines between these roles are blurring and increasingly, the mission of the library is better described by the circle as a whole than by its component parts.

Which of these segments is most important to you? Where does the Library need to move quickly, and where can we proceed more slowly (or stop entirely)? LSRG members said:

Next Meeting and Future Topics

The next LSRG meeting will take place on May 20, 2013, in Crerar Library.

Please send Rebecca any suggestions for future topic ideas. If you have suggestions, or further comments on any topic discussed today, feedback can be sent to our list: lsrg@lib.