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LibQual+ Survey Update

The University Library has completed another successful LibQUAL+ survey. While participation has indirect rewards for all, for some fortunate individuals, participation has its own special reward. Congratulations to students Tanner Heggie, Nathan Hill, Tyler Morton, and Jeremy Wu and to faculty member, Don Gill, each of whom won a $100 gift card from the University Bookstore.

The LibQUAL+ Library Service Quality Survey is used in libraries worldwide and allows the Library to check in on the quality of library services as perceived by the University Community. The 2014 LibQUAL+ Survey ran from March 3rd to 23rd. The results will be compared to those from the previous surveys conducted in 2005, 2008, and 2011 to see if we are addressing issues and continuing to meet user expectations. Each time the Library conducts LibQUAL+, the results identify and inform improvements to be contemplated for library services.

For the University of Lethbridge Library, LibQUAL+ is the cornerstone of its service assessment activities. According to Leona Jacobs, LibQUAL+ Lead Project Librarian, "LibQUAL+ goes beyond simply counting things (e.g., collection usage, visits, etc.) or checking interest in specific issues (e.g., instruction). LibQUAL+ is a high level survey that actually seeks to understand user perceptions and gauge the University community’s overall satisfaction with the services provided by the Library. The survey is, indeed, complex, asking respondents to rate their minimum expectations for, desired expectations for, and actual perceptions of various aspects of library service. However, the aggregated scores for each of the scales, then provides the Library with a sense of University community’s "zone of tolerance" (the difference between minimum and desired expectations) for each of three dimensions of service: library collections and the access to these collections (whether physical or electronic), interactions with library staff, and the physical library space and an understanding of whether the Library is meeting expectations in these regards."

The 2014 LibQUAL+ had 494 valid responses submitted. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond.

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Database: AIP Scitation

Scitation offers online access to a robust collection of close to 1 million articles from leading physical sciences publications including journals, conference proceedings, standards, and magazines published by AIP Publishing and its publishing partners.

Access AIP Scitation

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Resource Radar: Case Law, Legal Info, International News, and Journal Articles? LexisNexis is your database!

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Monday, September 08, 2014

New Database: SCOAP3 Repository (Beta)

SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries and key funding agencies and research centers in two dozen countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors.

Access SCOAP3 Repository (Beta)

Monday, September 08, 2014

New Database: CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

A comprehensive, one-volume reference resource for chemistry and physics research. The 95th edition includes 22 new tables, plus major updates and expansions.

Access the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Library Tours Available September 15-20

Library tours are being offered on the following dates/times:

Sign up online and find out how to access Library resources and services that will help to make your semester a success. Tours last approximately 50 minutes.


Monday, September 01, 2014

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