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Biol library update-fall2011

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Biol library update-fall2011

  1. 1. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES FALL 2011 Library Update
  2. 2. Serials Project <ul><li>Library is withdrawing backruns of discontinued print journals if we have access to electronic journal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dates, database source and format factor into decision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goal: Reduce space for print journals to 1 alcove level or less </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very low (<900) use of print journals and increased need for group study space. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Department-Library webpages <ul><li>New software called libguides </li></ul><ul><li>I personally edit library webpages for your department </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to link more types of files to library webpages. </li></ul><ul><li>Share on social media, RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BIOL160 – Collins book, CSE style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BIOL393 – Link to research interest of faculty </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Assignment Analysis
  5. 6. Assignment Analysis <ul><li>Follow-up to syllabi analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty sent us library-related assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance department understanding and relationship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify courses needing library research skills and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection development and budget </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Findings <ul><li>Biology submitted 10 assignments (1.2%) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 level = 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>200 level = 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>300 level = 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>400 level = 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Across campus – 38% were 300 level courses </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Assignment Types <ul><li>Research Paper = 3 (2@100, 1@400 level) </li></ul><ul><li>Review = 2 (300 level) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection Essay = 2 (100 level) </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation = 1 (300 level) </li></ul><ul><li>Reserves = 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Other (poster) = 200 </li></ul><ul><li>No lab assignments submitted (do any lab reports require background research and journal articles?) </li></ul>
  8. 9. Length of Assignments
  9. 10. Number of Required Library Sources
  10. 11. Sources <ul><li>Types of required sources not specified often (ie-books or journal articles) </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended databases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PubMed, ACS (Chemistry), SciFinder, BioOne, ScienceDirect, Library catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not included in recommendations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GreenFile, BIOSIS </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Where to go from here <ul><li>What other types of assignments use library resources (posters, lab reports?) </li></ul><ul><li>Do students have skill level to effectively use and evaluate online and print resources? Are you happy with their library research skills level? </li></ul>

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