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Library Subcommittee Projects & Outcomes 2009-2010

 

Area

Objectives

Strategies to Meet Objectives

Assessment Method

Question

Outcomes /Results

Feedback and Follow-Up Recommendations

Program/Office/Department Performing Assessment

What does the department/ program do to meet the goals --- what practices are currently in place

 

What is done to meet the objective – how does the department meet the objective (already in place)

How will this practice (objective) be assessed – what tools are used to see if the objective is working

What questions are you trying to answer

What does the data say

Analysis of the data – expected outcomes , successes, weaknesses

Student Services – Technology Fee Spending

The Technology Fee exists as a means to provide technological advances across Hunter in order to improve and enhance the teaching and learning experience for all.

The Library receives a significant amount of Technology Fee funding each year for critical updates and enhancements to online journal and database subscriptions, as well as improvements to computer labs and network connectivity.

Analysis of past and planned future spending in library to attempt to tie funding levels to effectiveness of the software and hardware offered in library.

Does the Hunter Library receive an appropriate budget for technology infrastructure and online journals?

FY2010 projected Library Online Database and Software spend is $89,000.  For FY2011, the current budgeted amount is $366,500.

Final year actual spend will be analyzed once the account is closed out (September).  Until then, the project is ongoing.

Library – Online and Reserve Text Book Offerings

The library works to ensure that a number of required texts are available either online or at the library for students’ use.

Reserves and online text availability and use are monitored by the library.

By more closely monitoring the offerings, a baseline can be established for future comparison.

Is the reserves system in the Library used to the fullest capacity?

The Library currently has 103,984 electronic books available.

Current data will be used as baseline for comparison in future years.  The Library hopes to grow its electronic book catalog.

Library – Online Access both On and Off Campus

The library works to provide the best possible means of access to all Hunter students.

The library will provide online access to, and use of, library resources and information—at the facility, anywhere on campus, and remotely.

Access numbers will be counted online and in person, creating a baseline for future comparison.

Do Hunter students access the Library from remote locations?

Current data shows that the Library gets accessed approximately 700,000 times annually from points not inside the library.

The Library will work to educate its users about the ability to access its catalogs and databases from remote sites.

Library – Physical Environment and Facility

The Library works to maintain a physical environment that enables students and faculty to dependably use the space for study, research, and teaching.

Through regular communication between Library leadership and Facilities, any issues with the physical space should be identified and remedied.

Hold regular meetings with library staff; monitor work orders submitted and discuss at facilities staff meetings.

What is the current use of the library’s physical space?

The Library staff tracks the number of visitors per day.  Calendar-year-to-date total is approximately 450,000 visits, averaging at 37,413 visits per month.

Using this data, the Facilities Department can properly plan the ongoing Library Redevelopment Project.  More specific data will be collected in the future, including number of visitors per floor per day.