How Do You Use Your Library? We Want to Know!

Wright State students recently received an email with a link to our Building Use Survey. Find out how you can help us improve library spaces:

With the beginning of fall semester the pace at the library picks up. We’re excited to see the building fill up again and watch as people find their favorite places to study, meet with others, and get help on projects. Last spring, the University Libraries started a large, long-term study to better understand how the building is used. In this initial phase, we learned a lot — from what technology is used and where, to what size groups people work in, to what the preferred seating areas are, down to the most popular seat in the library.

MostPopularSeatIt’s this one, at the end of the Center Section of the stacks on the third floor. (Occupied, as usual.)

You might have noticed some changes taking place in the library this summer as a result of our work in the spring: you told us loud and clear about what type of chairs you prefer and we got more of those; you told us that wireless printing is important, so we made the directions clearer and more accessible; you told us that whiteboards are important for working in groups, and we’ve painted walls in dry erase paint.

IMG_2574Look for the two glossy walls on the second floor – one outside of STAC, and one in the study nook by the elevators.

The information we gained from the spring study focused on how the building is currently used. Moving forward, we want to understand what the needs of all users – students, faculty, and staff – are. The University Libraries’ strategic plan calls for us to accommodate “the evolving needs of students, faculty, and staff, improving the visibility and accessibility of library resources.” In order to understand what those evolving needs are and how we can improve visibility and accessibility, we are conducting a campus-wide survey. We want your input.

This survey will be available to take from August 31 – September 11. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. When you complete the survey, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a prize. The first round of winners will be selected from those who have completed the survey by the end of the day Friday, September 4; the rest of the winners will be selected from those who have completed the survey by the time it closes at the end of the day Friday, September 11, so the sooner you complete the survey, the better your chances are to win a prize.

If you have any questions about this survey or about the University Libraries in general, please contact us at marketing@libraries.wright.edu.

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Build Your Research Toolkit

Are you excited about your research papers and projects this semester, but maybe just a little bit overwhelmed by them, too? The Research Toolkit workshops are here to help you learn how to do better research, faster! Started last year, each of the eight Research Toolkit workshops are designed to improve library research skills based on the areas that students have identified as most challenging. These are appropriate for everyone from students in the first semester to graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation. We’ve got something for everyone.

Students who have attended the Research Toolkit workshops have overwhelmingly found them useful and were more confident about their skills after attending a workshop. One student told us, “I wish I had had this workshop on the first day of my program! Thank you!!” Others said that they gained such useful information in the first workshop they attended that they were going to try to attend all the workshops.

Each Research Toolkit workshop focuses on a different skill needed to do better research, faster. We think of those skills as the tools you need to succeed. This year, we’re introducing a new way to represent the tools you’re adding to your toolkit: each workshop has a corresponding button that you can pin anywhere. When you complete your fifth workshop, you’ll receive a tool that’s a level, flashlight, and four screwdrivers in one. Come to the Research Toolkit workshops and build your research toolkit – and your physical toolkit!

ResearchTK2015buttonsAttend at least five workshops, earn five of the research skill buttons above, and you’ll win this 5-in-1 multi-tool:

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Learn more or register for the Research Toolkit workshops at http://libraries.wright.edu/events/toolkit

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The Power of Cooperation: OhioLINK

Most students, faculty and staff in Ohio colleges and universities are familiar with OhioLINK. Established in 1989 and providing resources online since 1996, The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of 90 Ohio college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers with the information they need for teaching and research. Together, OhioLINK and its member libraries provide access to nearly 50 million books and other library materials, more than 100 electronic research databases, millions of electronic journal articles, over 81,000 e-books, thousands of images, videos and sounds, and over 39,000 theses and dissertations from Ohio students.

You’ve probably used OhioLINK resources in your work, but do you know HOW OhioLINK is able to provide those resources?  Cooperation among the libraries in the state is the key.

In FY 2014-15, it cost OhioLINK $38,500,000 to provide the online resources we use every day.  Where does that money come from?  You might be surprised:

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81% of the funds for OhioLINK online resources come from the budgets of the individual OhioLINK member libraries.  For Wright State, it’s a great deal; for our $1.6 million, we get $38.5 million in content that’s available to our users 24/7.

How often do you use OhioLINK?  Comment with your thoughts.

For questions about OhioLINK or how to request materials, please contact the Info Desk at 937-775-2925 or Ask a Librarian using chat, email, text and more!

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Change to Library Authentication

15533 Michelle Brasseur, Dunbar Library Marketing Photos 3-30-15Attention Wright State students, faculty and staff:

Beginning August 24, 2015, the University Libraries will be implementing a change to off-campus access for library resources. To comply with vendor license agreements, a more secure access method of authentication will be used, requiring users to login with their campus username (w#) and password, as are currently used for WINGS, Pilot and other Wright State online authentications.

All students, staff and faculty will need to know their login information to access library materials. Library staff will not have access to your login credentials.

Please contact CaTS at 937-775-4827 for assistance in obtaining or updating login credentials. Click here for frequently asked questions about library authentication.

For assistance in finding and accessing library materials please contact the Information Desk at 937-775-2925 or visit libraries.wright.edu/help/ask.

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