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The Fine Arts Library. An Assessment Project using Instructional Assessment Resources (IAR). Summary of Fine Arts Library Assessment Project. Purpose of the assessment project Evaluation Plan for the Fine Arts Library Instructional Assessment Resources (IAR) Findings Action Plan Results.

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The Fine Arts Library

An Assessment Project using Instructional Assessment Resources (IAR)


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Summary of Fine Arts Library Assessment Project

  • Purpose of the assessment project

  • Evaluation Plan for the Fine Arts Library

  • Instructional Assessment Resources (IAR)

  • Findings

  • Action Plan

  • Results


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Purpose of the Fine Arts Library Assessment Project

  • To determine how current patrons use the Fine Arts Library

  • To determine the needs of the students, faculty and staff in the College of Fine Arts

  • To determine the needs of our other constituents

  • To develop ideas for improving the FAL facility, equipment, and services


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Evaluation Plan for the Fine Arts Library

  • Gathering observational data

  • Conducting focus groups

  • Conducting surveys

  • Working with classes

  • Creating a timeline



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Summary of findings: a balancing act

  • Physical items (print and media) AND electronic access, more computers

  • Laptop checkout, computer access AND electrical outlets for personal computers

  • Mac users AND PC users

  • Continue existing services AND add new services

  • Quiet, independent study spaces AND collaborative, group study spaces

  • Open views AND places to hide


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Fine Arts Library Action Plan: New Services

  • Workstations and copiers on upper floors

  • Dubbing, scanning and editing equipment

  • Laptop checkout (overnight)

  • New software including Adobe creative suite

  • Display new CDs and DVDs

  • Digital camera checkout

  • Mac and PC workstations


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Fine Arts Library Action Plan: Renovate Space

  • Replace carpeting

  • Window treatments

  • New paint

  • New furniture

  • Larger work areas around computers

  • More electrical outlets

  • Group study spaces

  • Screening room


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Conclusions

  • Data gathered was mostly not a surprise but confirmed staff suspicions and verified ideas

  • Most suggestions have been acted upon

  • Not everything that was recommended can be acted upon


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Final thought

  • I think that we need to rethink the role of the library (as a space, not as a service) to bring it back into the lives of the students and faculty. A meeting place, a lecture place, and place for discussion and exchange of ideas. The quiet library may be an image of the past.

  • -CoFA faculty member


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Fine Arts Library

  • http://www.lib.utexas.edu/fal/

  • http://www.lib.utexas.edu/about/news/fal_ren.html


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