2013 Law Library Student Survey - Comments
Law Library Response
During Spring 2013, the Law Library conducted our annual survey seeking student comments and suggestions. 595 students responded. In April, we published summary charts of responses accompanied by a selection of student comments and our feedback. Student input helps us prioritize efforts to improve our services and resources. Following are some improvements we've made in response to survey feedback. Most work was done over the summer.
Updated Signs and Maps
On our website, we already had online maps highlighting everything from book locations to bathrooms. However, navigating our floors was still a challenge, especially when trying to orient yourself in our book stacks. To help people find things, we completely revised our signs and maps, creating dozens of new standardized floor plans and location guides.
New Research Tutorials
Often the best way to understand how to perform research tasks is through a visual demonstration. This summer, we created several new research tutorials and updated others. Each tutorial includes narration and a brief visual demonstration.
Improved Database List
Law students do not live by Lexis or Westlaw alone. In fact, many students seek more sources than our top 20 frequently used databases. Using new tools from our GULLiver Discovery library catalog, we created a new Databases page with direct access to hundreds of resources in a single list that can be quickly filtered by title, description or subject.
USB Charging Improvements
At each circulation desk, you can check out "Cool Stuff" to charge your laptop or many mobile devices. This summer, we added USB charging plugs in all group study rooms. Our plan is to leave these in the rooms so students can charge devices while studying. There's also a new wireless charging station in the lounge off the Oakley Reading Room in the E.B.Williams Law Library, provided by Westlaw.
New Scanning Options
Working with Law Center IST staff, we reconfigured several photocopiers so they can be used to scan documents. Scanning on these photocopiers is free, and now students have a choice to photocopy or scan materials needed for research or reference. Scanners are available in both library locations, and we will enable the free scanning option to as many library copiers as possible.
During Fall 2013, we'll add a water bottle filling station in the Oakley Reading Room of the E.B.Williams Law Library. This hydration station is similar to others found in McDonough and the Wolff library. It is on order and should be installed by mid-semester.
Options for Future Feedback
At any point during the year, feel free to send us suggestions or feedback in response to these changes or to suggest other enhancements.