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Faricy-Beredo, Bridget – Public Services Quarterly, 2013
Libraries are constantly challenged to find ways to demonstrate their value to their institutions. Can hosting a National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibition increase a library's impact? In 2012 the University of Toledo engaged their constituents by hosting and developing programming for the NLM exhibit Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science,…
Descriptors: Government Libraries, Medical Libraries, Exhibits, Academic Libraries
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Tomeo, Megan L. – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Alden Library began redesigning its website over a year ago. Throughout the redesign process the students, faculty, and staff that make up the user base were added to the conversation by utilizing several usability test methods. This article focuses on the usability testing conducted at Alden Library and delves into future usability testing, which…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Web Sites, Usability, College Students
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Evans, Gwen – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Libraries have incorporated all kinds of emerging or recently emerged technologies such as social media, mobile apps, e-books, and tablets into their services with differing levels of resource commitment and with vastly different timescales. Some libraries adopt a measured, policy-driven approach, spending a year or more on research, assessment,…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Adoption (Ideas), Academic Libraries, Library Services
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Seeholzer, Jamie – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
In an effort to market the library as a more inviting, student-friendly place, librarians at the main library of Kent State University have piloted several new events to lure students into the building and keep them coming back. With the transition to more social events hosted by the university libraries, a number of questions arose among…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Outreach Programs, State Universities, Case Studies
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Burhanna, Kenneth J.; Voelker, Tammy J. Eschedor; Gedeon, Julie A. – Public Services Quarterly, 2008
The use of virtual or Web-based tours is on the rise in academic libraries, but with the loss of face-to-face contact and direct experience with the library's physical spaces, questions abound about this format's efficacy. Do online tour experiences measure up to those of a guided, face-to-face tour? Do online tours help mold students' perceptions…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Research Libraries, Library Services, Libraries
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Black, Elizabeth L.; Kilzer, Rebekah – Public Services Quarterly, 2008
The Thompson Library, the main library of The Ohio State University (OSU), began a major renovation in fall 2006 that required the library to close for three years. During this time, the bulk of the circulating collection and many of the personnel relocated to an interim facility. The distance imposed by the renovation created special challenges…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Facility Improvement, Computer Uses in Education