If They Build It, Will They Come?. Implementing Students’ Conceptions of an Ideal Library Home Page Joan Stein, Carnegie Mellon University Nathan Browne, University of Pittsburgh. Opportunity. planning a move to a new library management system called EPS Rooms
If They Build It, Will They Come?
Implementing Students’ Conceptions of an Ideal Library Home Page
Joan Stein, Carnegie Mellon University
Nathan Browne, University of Pittsburgh
Based on work done at the University of Rochester and reported in the book:
Studying Students: the Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester
The Libraries hired Nathan Browne as anthropology advisor to study
Session held during early part of Spring semester, 2008
Had welcome assistance at sessions by interested colleagues.
Posters at the University Center and in each library
Pictogram used for call for participation on the Libraries’ home page
Incentives: pizza, soft drinks, $20.00
Interactive sessions consisted of several exercises:
Students designed six mock-ups of these “ideal” pages
Results were heartening. We can implement many of their ideas and suggestions.
Students want us to do a better job of presenting our collections, services, events, and information they need
Give them recommendations for books. Could be based on:
Want to be able to make their own recommendations to friends
Want to recommend books to us to buy
Results are very specific to your local situation.
Rewarding in terms of wealth of data in return for your effort.
Results carry weight with our university administration.