Library Assessment Update
library is continually in the process of assessing how well we meet the needs
of our users. The Assessment
Task Force is charged to coordinate these activities. The following
is a summary of recent changes based on user feedback and plans
we have for the future.
Quest Library Catalog
As part of continuing efforts to provide efficient access to quality
research materials, the Libraries have enhanced the design of the Quest
Library Catalog. View
an overview of
the newly designed Quest Library Catalog interface.
To help patrons understand more readily what options are available
Databases, the Libraries will be introducing a new, integrated web
interface that combines listings of our online databases and the
database cross-search functions currently available in MetaQuest.
Users will soon be directed to this new interface when accessing either
Online Databases or MetaQuest (to be replaced with simply "CrossSearch").
This change will also address recent technical issues caused by Online
Databases pages and MetaQuest. Preview
the new interface.
The Virtual Data Center
Library will be undertaking an assessment of the Virtual
Data Center. After 3
years of operation, several assessment goals have been identified:
1: Evaluate the collections and services of the VDC.
Utilize survey tools and focus groups to gather data on user needs and VDC web
b. Improve and expand data services for both instruction and
c. Expand data collection according to stakeholder needs.
Goal 2: Assess usability of VDC web site.
usage of the Virtual Data Center.
2. Improve functionality of VDC web site
based on assessment.
3. Improve content of VDC web site based on assessment
Goal 3: Ongoing Assessment Process
1. Create a
source of ongoing feedback from key stakeholders.
2. Insure continued improvement
of data collection and services.
The assessment is being implemented with VDC partners at Academic Technology
Services and with the assistance of the Office of Institutional Research.
Questions concerning the Virtual Data Center? Contact Barbara