Results of last year’s library survey

survey word cloudLast spring, almost 1,000 of you responded to the library’s survey evaluating the use and quality of the our collections, services, and facilities. That’s 584 WOU students, 143 faculty, 128 members of staff, and 100 graduate students. Thank you so much for your participation!

We’ve crunched the numbers and created an executive summary with the results and some info about what we’re going to do with your feedback. It’s available in WOU’s digital repository, Digital Commons@WOU.

Pages 1-3 summarize the survey itself, basic demographics, overall results, improvements made since the survey, and what’s next. Pages 4-7 are single-page reports of results from specific groups: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

The Press is open!

The Press hoursThe Press, Hamersly’s new cafe, is officially open for business. Its hours will be Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm, and Sun 3pm-8pm, closed Fri and Sat.

Thanks for all your patience as this project was completed. We hope you like having this new spot to study, catch up with friends, and get some much-needed caffeine while you’re hard at work in the library.

And the winner is…

The PressAnnouncing The Press, the name of the new cafe coming to Hamersly Library!

Thank you to everyone who submitted names and voted. We had over 500 name nominations and over 400 voters for the final name. Congratulations to Jill Love, who submitted the winning name and will receive a $50 cafe gift card for her great idea.

We can’t wait to welcome you to The Press come spring term.

The Recreation Collection has moved

Recreation Collection new locationLooking for a book to read for fun? Check out the library’s Recreation Collection in its NEW temporary location on the short bookshelves between the computer banks on the 1st floor. The collection will live here during the construction of the new library cafe this winter.

As always, you can browse the Recreation Collection online, too. And if you’re just not sure what you want to read next, let us help! Fill out this short form and your WOU librarians will get back to you with a book or two you might like.

Happy Reading!

Changes coming to the library!

Hamersly LibraryWOU’s Dean of Library Services, Dr. Allen McKiel, emailed out the following announcement to campus on Monday about changes coming to Hamersly Library:

“There are exciting changes afoot at Hamersly Library. I am delighted to announce that over winter break, we will begin physical modifications to enhance the learning commons environment to better meet the needs of a twenty-first century campus. The addition of a first floor café will be the first tangible sign of these changes…” Read the Dean’s full announcement here.

Announcement: Hamersly Library Learning Commons

Hamersly LibraryWOU’s Dean of Library Services, Dr. Allen McKiel, emailed out the following announcement to campus on Monday about changes coming to Hamersly Library:

“There are exciting changes afoot at Hamersly Library. I am delighted to announce that over winter break, we will begin physical modifications to enhance the learning commons environment to better meet the needs of a twenty-first century campus. The addition of a first floor café will be the first tangible sign of these changes.

Among other prominent features of the learning commons will be increased group study spaces, additional computers, space for tutoring, more power outlets, and technology and assistance for video and audio production. A library foundation account with donor funds remaining from the initial building construction are being used to fund the project.

It is important to note that all of these expanded resources and services will be in addition to, and not in replace of, the library collections.

The ongoing design of the Hamersly learning commons thus far has been informed by a wide variety of sources including: library usage data, library literature (most notably an Education Advisory Board learning commons study), a WOU student survey (326 participants), visits to learning commons of other libraries, as well as ongoing discussion and consultation with WOU food services, the physical plant, architectural services, WOU administration, and faculty and staff currently involved with tutoring in the library.

At the time Hamersly Library was designed and built, some of the learning commons trends were already emerging particularly the emphasis on group projects. Hamersly library was built with more group study rooms than libraries built earlier. Nevertheless, there are not enough to accommodate the growing demand. The expanded study spaces of the learning commons will be comprised of a variety of furnishings including living room style, additional traditional study tables of various sizes, and wheeled, modular pieces to facilitate custom groupings.

Along with reconfiguration of study and service areas, another aspect of the project involves finishing unused space on the 3rd floor for archives collections and general storage space.

Please feel free to come see or email me or your librarian with questions or suggestions.”