Question 1:Liked the materials selected by the librarianLiked the incorporation of images, made the guides more invitingLiked the easy to use contact informationLiked the tabs and the variety of contentQuestion 2: Would like to see more images usedWould like direct links to articles in database (possibly through RefShare)Would like to see more information on primary vs. secondary sources and scholarly vs. popular sourcesQuestion 3: If they used the guide regularly, they found the guide to be very usefulLiked that the students had someone else beside the professor to turn to for assistanceFelt the quality of the presentations was greater due to the guideQuestion 4:Resounding yes!
Question 1:Start with Google or Google ScholarUse the library's catalogMine bibliographies of books found in catalog or used in classGoes straight to databases they are familiar with (Jstor, Project Muse, Academic Search Premier)Question 2:Find Articles (4 votes) Find Books (3 votes) Websites & Blogs (2 votes)Question 3:More tips for doing research, i.e., using the Library Catalog and database searching Quick style guides for writing papers, citation formats, information about RefWorks, and explanations of differing types of articlesWould like to see more basic information on guidesWould like the star ratings to be explained on the guideWould like to see a tab on how to search (simple vs. keyword, scholarly vs. popular)Would like a hovering description of subtabsQuestion 4: Want more course guides Want BI sessions Understand that faculty adoption is key to creating and using a guide Feels there should be more promotion of guides (via Facebook, emails to majors, posters in library) Feel like these guides can make their lives easier
Add more basic information to guides (citing sources, primary vs. secondary sources, scholarly vs. popular sources, using databases, catalog searching Continue adding RSS feeds (especially for journals TOCs), perhaps remove podcasts Remove Popular Guides listing (consider adding Featured Guides)
LibGuides: Your Research Guide for the 21st Century Assessment of Research Guides Jaleh Fazelian Melissa Vetter Washington University in St. Louis
Page Hit Comparisons Web-based Subject Guides vs. LibGuides Research Guides Data supplied by LibGuides Administrators analyzed via WebTrends software Random sample of 10 guides Sample period: September 15 - November 30 of 2007 and 2008
Contributing Factors A link to guides better situated on newly redesigned Libraries Home page Promotion of LibGuides on Café plasma screens Distributed guide URLs at Orientation New librarians in certain subject areas Subject librarians distributed guide information Subject librarians put links to guides in Email signature line
Faculty Interviews Demographics Five faculty members Guide Usage All five had previously used course guides
Faculty Interview Questions What features of the guide do you think work best? Are there elements of the guide that you would like to see added or changed? Do you find the guide to be useful? In general, do you find the guide is working well as an enhancement to the course? If so, how? Would you like course guides for other courses you teach?
Graduate and Undergraduate Student Interviews Demographics Four graduate students Five undergraduate students Guide Usage Four had previously used guides Five had never used guides
Student Interview Questions What research methods do you use to find the articles and books you use for your assignments? Looking at the tabs, which tabs do you think hold the most relevant information? Please tell me the top three most relevant/helpful tabs. What information would you put on this guide to make it more useful/helpful for your research? Would you like to have a guide for your course here? If so, were there classes in the past where you think a course guide would have helped you?
Often could not find guide content without our
prompting them to look at the tabs
Some liked the breakdown of larger subjects
Responding to AssessmentLessons Learned
Students encouraged offering more in-class instruction sessions
explaining uses/benefits of particular guides
Faculty adoption is key to making a guide successful and well used
Students thought an email sent to all majors, minors, and graduate
students could go a long way in educating them about the guides
Students and faculty encouraged us to create more course guides
Featured Author on Home page was confusing – Implemented
change from Featured Author to Featured Librarian
Responding to AssessmentChanges to Consider On the Research Guides Home page – Add Reference Help Desk hours Add new or highlighted resources Remove Popular Guides listing Suggest adding IM chat boxes to all guides Add librarian’s contact information on all pages of guides Add more basic information to guides Continue adding RSS feeds (consider removing podcasts) Consider having Basic guides and Advanced guides for some subjects
For More Information http://libguides.wustl.edu/libguidesassessment Jaleh Fazelian firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Vetter email@example.com