Image: Richard Lee https://www.flickr.com/photos/70109407@N00/2097402250/
snakes
or
ladders?
ladders?
libguides
ucd librar...
academic-
led
librarian
-led
online
self-
directed
self-
directed
retrieving
online
self-
directed
online
libguides
subject
guides
one year
subscription
limited range
of guides
live date:
may 2013
scope of the pilot
project phases
preparation design content
management promotion evaluation
1 2 3
4 5 6
content
3
a
first
principles
approach
“They are not designed to serve either
the experienced scholar or the
reference librarian.
They are for beginners who seek...
“it’s not information
overload, it’s filter
failure”
clay shirky (2008)
introductory
level
integrated
with existing
offerings
self-directed
‘take away’
solution
the content
evaluation
6
preference for
using the open
web
lack of awareness
of their existence
perception they
‘don’t need them’
why students don’...
evaluation process
start may
13
semester 1 nov/dec 13 end of pilot
feb 14
ongoing
feedback from
academic staff
& library s...
student feedback
very low awareness
of guides (18%)
referencing
information
identified as
particularly helpful
“it covers ...
Map Collections 9260
Theses Information 2815
Bibliometrics 1681
English, Drama & Film 1269
Economics 750
Sociology 708
Lan...
guide level usage: sociology
most students don’t explore libguides in fine detail:
sociology libguide,
views by page, feb ...
link level usage: sociology
sociology libguide,
clicks per link, feb 2014
Name Click-throughs
Sociological Abstracts 121
J...
google analytics
Region Sessions New Users Pgs/Session
Ireland 1714 1196 2.59
United States 140 135 1.85
United Kingdom 11...
increase visibility
& promotion
further extend as
cms for all elearning
supports
mainstream to all
subject areas
the outco...
collaboration with
academic staff
think of the end
user
my five
‘take aways’
avoid information
overload
promote via f-to-f...
Image: Druyts.t http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snakes_and_ladders2.JPG
thank
you http://libguides.ucd.ie
project t...
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Evaluating Libguides at UCD LIbrary

  1. 1. Image: Richard Lee https://www.flickr.com/photos/70109407@N00/2097402250/ snakes or ladders? ladders? libguides ucd library michelle dalton ucd library @mishdalton or evaluating at project team: ros pan & josh clark (outreach) julia barrett, jane nolan & michael ladisch (research services) jennifer collery, lorna dodd & michelle dalton (client services)
  2. 2. academic- led librarian -led online self- directed
  3. 3. self- directed retrieving online
  4. 4. self- directed online libguides subject guides
  5. 5. one year subscription limited range of guides live date: may 2013 scope of the pilot
  6. 6. project phases preparation design content management promotion evaluation 1 2 3 4 5 6
  7. 7. content 3
  8. 8. a first principles approach
  9. 9. “They are not designed to serve either the experienced scholar or the reference librarian. They are for beginners who seek instruction in gathering the fundamental literature of a field new to them in every respect”. (Stevens et al., 1973, p. 41)
  10. 10. “it’s not information overload, it’s filter failure” clay shirky (2008)
  11. 11. introductory level integrated with existing offerings self-directed ‘take away’ solution the content
  12. 12. evaluation 6
  13. 13. preference for using the open web lack of awareness of their existence perception they ‘don’t need them’ why students don’t use subject guides (ouellelte, 2011)
  14. 14. evaluation process start may 13 semester 1 nov/dec 13 end of pilot feb 14 ongoing feedback from academic staff & library staff qualitative feedback from students via face to face survey quantitative analysis of usage stats & analytics
  15. 15. student feedback very low awareness of guides (18%) referencing information identified as particularly helpful “it covers everything you need“ “having everything in one place” “useful, pretty inclusive”
  16. 16. Map Collections 9260 Theses Information 2815 Bibliometrics 1681 English, Drama & Film 1269 Economics 750 Sociology 708 Languages, Literatures & Linguistics 648 History & Archives 484 Applied Social Science 451 Politics & International Relations 445 quantitative data top ten guides by usage from sept-13 to feb-14
  17. 17. guide level usage: sociology most students don’t explore libguides in fine detail: sociology libguide, views by page, feb 2014 Page Name Views Journal Articles & Databases 157 Introduction 152 Books & Websites 27 Datasets & Statistics 27 Newspapers & Sociology 13 Government & EU Information 12 Citing Information & Avoiding Plagiarism 12 400
  18. 18. link level usage: sociology sociology libguide, clicks per link, feb 2014 Name Click-throughs Sociological Abstracts 121 JSTOR 45 Social Sciences Citation Index (ISI) 17 Social Sciences Full Text 14 Applied Social Science Index & Abstracts 6 Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) 3 Irish Qualitative Data Archive (IQDA) 3
  19. 19. google analytics Region Sessions New Users Pgs/Session Ireland 1714 1196 2.59 United States 140 135 1.85 United Kingdom 118 112 1.94 Australia 31 28 1.45 Canada 23 23 1.96 France 9 8 3.33 India 9 9 1.67 Spain 7 7 1.43 Philippines 7 7 1.14 Brazil 6 6 1.50 Total 2165 1628 2.43 890 (52%) from UCD campus ethernet all libguides, feb 2014 data: josh clark, ucd library
  20. 20. increase visibility & promotion further extend as cms for all elearning supports mainstream to all subject areas the outcome
  21. 21. collaboration with academic staff think of the end user my five ‘take aways’ avoid information overload promote via f-to-f instruction integration with other supports
  22. 22. Image: Druyts.t http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snakes_and_ladders2.JPG thank you http://libguides.ucd.ie project team: ros pan & josh clark (outreach) julia barrett, jane nolan & michael ladisch (research services) jennifer collery, lorna dodd & michelle dalton (client services) read the paper: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5653 michelle dalton ucd library t @mishdalton

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