First off we’d like to extend our warm thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our faculty survey. We had 125 responses which represents an increase of nearly 50 percent from those who participated in our 2015 survey. We truly appreciate the response and have tried to respond to the feedback. We also included campus location this time and were able to see that we had a good mix of people from across the different locations of the college. Please check out both Part 1 and Part 2 of our feedback from last time.
People who included their e-mail address in their response were contacted directly about questions and requests, but we wanted to give everyone a chance to find out what we’ve done in response to the survey.
We got fewer requests for specific titles this time and we hope that means people have realized we respond to such requests all year. If you have a specific request at any time, you can either fill out our request form, or contact your friendly, neighborhood librarian directly.
Specific Serial Requests
NOTE: Off Campus Online Access for Publications Available Requires K-Number and Password
Most of the requests this time were for journals or databases. We got requests about 3 specific journals:
Scientific American– Library Services provides access through EBSCO from January 1, 2005 through the present in full-text.
Sky and Telescope– Library Services provide access from January 1, 1994 through the present in full-text through EBSCO. Additionally, the Iowa City campus library carries this journal in print.
AAAS Science– Library Services provides access through a stand alone service. (Ignore the log in prompt at the top, you are automatically in the database.)
We asked about which databases you suggest to your students other than EBSCO, we got a reasonable level of interest in all of them, but did get some responses stating they didn’t recommend any specific databases to students. We hope you will take a look at our list to see which ones might be useful for your students.
More General Category Suggestions
We got a request for more ESL leveled books. This is definitely an area that needs improvement and we’ve been working on, but have been frustrated by the lack of material available. If you have suggestions on this, please let us know.
Another area we’ve been working on has been personal finance. Apparently there aren’t a lot of personal finance books being published right now, but we’ve been working on updating this section and again would welcome suggestions of titles.
We’ve also had a repeated request for more titles in the Very Short Introduction series. We continue to add these titles – which offer a quick background on various subjects – to our collection. Consider checking them out.
Textbooks on Reserve
There were also some requests to put all textbooks or a particular textbook on reserve. The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class, the cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, we will be glad to put it on reserve.
The circulation department of both branches of the Kirkwood libraries has material that has been placed on reserve by instructors for their students. The instructor may bring the material to the library and fill out a reserve form or print the form online and send it to the library with the book, article, etc. (Please refer to Course Reserve Policy to determine type of material that is allowed).
The majority of the materials are placed on closed reserve meaning they are for use only in the library. Students may make copies or scans of the required pages.
To find more information and the reserve form, go to the Library Services homepage:
Click on: Explore our Help Guide
Type: “Faculty” in Lib Guides Search Box
Click on: Faculty Services
Scroll down to: “Placing Item on Course Reserve” in the box in the lower left hand corner of the page. See Links for Course Reserve Policy and Library Reserve Form.
Information Literacy and Library Instruction
A question was aimed at how the library can best serve faculty and students in learning research skills. The top two choices by a wide margin were online tutorials (50%) and instruction sessions offered by a librarian within a class (43%). We’re glad so many people find our library instruction sessions helpful and hope that people realize all the topics we can cover in such sessions and our other services.
We’re currently working on developing some online tutorials that can be embedded within your class and in Talon. We hope to have one ready on plagiarism, our most requested topic in the survey, ready to trial in the fall. Another one well underway is on MLA which we’ve been working on in conjunction with English faculty. Other top requested subjects will be in ongoing development. Watch for more information.
Please remember that if there is something we can do or add to our collection to help your students or you, please ask. We can’t promise to fulfill every request, but we will do our best.
Make sure you check back. Things change in the library and collections are always growing and changing.
Again, thank you for responding to our survey and look for the next one.
UPDATED August 25 2016: A couple of the links needed updated.