Boston College Libraries Faculty Newsletter



Library Assessment Update

The 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.


Online Databases/Cross-Search

To help patrons understand more readily what options are available using Online 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

The Library will be undertaking an assessment of the Virtual Data Center. After 3 years of operation, several assessment goals have been identified:


Goal 1: Evaluate the collections and services of the VDC.



a. Utilize survey tools and focus groups to gather data on user needs and VDC web site usage.

b. Improve and expand data services for both instruction and research.

c. Expand data collection according to stakeholder needs.

Goal 2: Assess usability of VDC web site.



1. Increase 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 Mento.

Questions, comments? Contact the BC Libraries Newsletter Review Board.
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