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Cushing Library Hawk Squawk, Whoa-It’s-Hot Edition

October 13, 2010


Didn’t make it? We already have 3 videos up from the event on HNU’s YouTube channel, and more to come!  Also see our pictures from the event.


Cushing Library Smart Talk: Library of the Future
Tuesday, October 19, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (NOTE LOCATION: Brennan 80)

What will the library of the future look like? Come hear Gary Gorka, Executive Director of the Archbishop Alemany Library at Dominican University, who will share a visual tour of the major renovations and changes he has brought to his library as well as his insights on the direction of libraries in the near future. The talk will begin with a recap by Cushing Library director Karen Schneider of the changes in the past year.

Refreshments will be served, and attendees will have a chance to “whiteboard” their ideas to share with us as well.

Thursday, November 4, 6-8 p.m. (Art talk is from 6:30-7:15)
Professor Robert Simons: “Simultaneous Contrast: An informal and very illustrated conversation about making art.” Location: Library.

This is a 45-minute talk with socializing before and after. Please stop in the library to view the artwork of our second artist-in-residence–it’s quite wonderful!As always, we’ll provide light refreshments.

Persepolis Book Talks

Two faculty and one librarian will be leading book talks in the library about Persepolis, the Connections Project book choice this year. All are welcome!

Monday, November 8, 5 p.m. (Laura Truxler)

Tuesday, November 9, 1:30 p.m. (Karen Schneider)

Thursday, November 11, 1:30 p.m. (Nina Handler)

(Plus note that Dr. Anastasia Prentiss lead a showing/discussion of the movie 7 p.m. Thursday October 28 in the Faculty Lounge.)


Don’t forget the library’s lower level is delightfully cool. Bring your lunch, a work project, or a good book, and get away from this heat!


Part 2 of our survey results are in. Overwhelmingly the answer to the question “If we could make just ONE of the following happen next year, which would be your first choice?” was “Provide a website that would allow you to search across all or most of the databases.”


Library Survey Responses, Part 2: Your Top Choice for a Next Step

October 13, 2010


Top Choices for the Library's Next Step

Top Choices for the Library's Next Step


In our fall 2010 faculty-staff survey, we asked, “If we could make just ONE of the following happen next year, which would be your first choice?”

The answer surprised us (in a good way). Overwhelmingly, the top choice was “Provide a website that would allow you to search across all or most of the databases.” This was true across all demographics–full and part-time faculty, staff, and even student workers.

These products exist. Products such as WorldCat Local and Summon allow users to search across databases (and even the local catalog) through one simple search box. These products are not free or even inexpensive, but they aren’t completely out of reach, particularly after the initial investment has been made.

More E-Journals

Among faculty, the “single website” response tied with “Significantly improve our journal offerings by adding some or all of the JSTOR journal online collections. Overall, this selection placed second for this question.

This response is exciting because it feels aspirational. The community is aware of our resources and wants them to improve.  Database usage had been stagnant in previous years, but it’s now rapidly climbing with better awareness, a well-organized website, research assistance, and excellent library instruction (go, team, go!).

Restore the Core

Continuing improvements to our library building was the third choice.

With the support of Campus Services and a lot of in-house projects, in the last year our facility has become more inviting and usable. The small improvements continue, but we are close to the end of what can be accomplished with paint and elbow grease. Where we go next, and how we get there, are wonderful and challenging questions!

And Then There Are the Books

The lowest contender in the votes category was addressing our cataloging backlog for our traditional book collection.  This isn’t surprising at all, as usage of our electronic resources outstrips our print resources by leaps and bounds.

However, to move our services forward, sooner or later we will need to either catalog or find new homes for our “shelf zombies” — those books that are not findable through our online catalog but occupy so much of our shelf space.

Faculty-Staff Library Services Survey Responses, Part 1

September 29, 2010

The Fall 2010 Faculty-Staff Library Services Survey had excellent response from all surveyed groups, with 70 responses total. Participation was so evenhanded that we will do our “homemade cupcake reward” a little differently than planned by offering cupcakes and other treats at lunchtime on October 19, when we hold a special “Library of the Future” event.

Over the next five weeks, we will present one or two major findings from the survey on this blog. This week we will focus on these two findings:

1. The library is evolving into a service institution and campus destination

2. The Library’s cultural activities are important to the HNU community

“I think the library has become friendlier, more utilized by students and faculty, and is, for the first time, a real integral part of campus life.”

– Survey comment from full-time faculty member

In the last year, the Library has begun offering a variety of services that are either new (chat support for research assistance), modernized (such as interlibrary loan), or had not been offered in a long time (such as regularly-scheduled walk-up hours for research assistance).

We have also freshened the Library’s facility, and we offer cultural events such as poetry readings and art talks. Finally, we are working hard at how we share and gather information about our services.

Your Choices for Popular Services

Chart: Changes With the Most Impact

Chart: Changes With the Most Impact

As the quote above suggests, support for all these directions is evident throughout the survey.

The three most popular recent service additions are the building renovations, our cultural events, and the Hawk Squawk (well, gosh!), which were all 10-15% higher than other services listed. However, almost all of the other new services had at least 20 votes across the board. (Click on chart for details.)

There was very little variation among demographic groups except for group-specific questions such as “Hands-on instructional technology assistance for faculty” (which, interestingly enough, got a few votes from staff, as well).

Give Us Books, But Give Us Roses

We also asked you what kind of cultural events “you would be interested in attending.” Only four respondents skipped this question—a very high response rate for a question midway through a survey.

The top four responses were close, with a variation of 6%:

1. Outside speakers on topics of current interest to the campus (66.7%)
2. Readings by campus authors (65.2%)
3. Film screenings and discussions (62.1%)
4. Art talks with accompanying exhibits of faculty or student work (60.6%)

The response to our cultural events has been particularly gratifying, as these strike to the heart of our evolution from a focus on collections to a focus on services, and to our facility’s first steps toward transformation into a destination for educational and cultural enrichment.

Next week we will look at your priorities for our future direction, and how you would like to participate in our journey.