Thigpen Library Survey – How are we doing?

Every two years or so Vol State students, faculty, staff and administrators have an opportunity to evaluate the Library’s resources and services. The Library’s Spring Semester Survey is available in print in the library and the link to the online version has been sent to everyone’s Vol State email address.

Do we have the materials you need for your research? If there is something you need that we don’t have, put that in the comments section. Is our staff helpful and knowledgeable? Here’s your chance to tell that person how much you appreciated the help. Please use the comments section to let us know what would make your experience in the library a great one. You can also let us know what we’re doing right! We don’t want to cut a database or discontinue a service that’s helpful to you.

To help us determine the best way to let you know about library services, we’re asking you if you use RSS feeds, blogs, chatting, podcasts, etc.  And, if you can’t come to the library for assistance, how would you prefer to receive research assistance — via phone, email, texting, chatting? This will help us decide whether or not we need to add a texting or chatting service.

We take the results of this survey very seriously and use them to plan for future services.

Why is that person important?

Who was Alexander Hamilton – the guy on the ten-dollar bill?  He helped develop the U. S. Constitution.  Read more about him in the Library’s trial database: Biography Reference Center — one that the Library is considering for purchase.  We have access through May24.

Hope you’ll do a little browsing in Biography Reference Center and compare it with what you find in Biography in Context.  Please post your impressions.

Help Us Help You

Here’s your chance to let us know how we’re doing providing you with research assistance.

From Monday, March 14 through Saturday, March 26 those of you who ask for help finding resources for your papers and projects will in turn be given a survey to complete. You will rate us on the quality of the material you found as well as your interaction with the library staff person who helped you. The library staff will use your responses to improve our service and resources.

March is Women’s History Month

Take an online vacation to Washington, DC during Spring Break  and visit displays and collections celebrating Women’s History Month. The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration have put together some great pages: