• Building Community: The Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange

      Chapman, Kimberly; Martin, Jim; Pfander, Jeanne; Hartmann, Holly; University of Arizona Libraries (2008-05-02)
      The University of Arizona Libraries has developed several collaborative projects at local, regional and national levels. For example, the UA Libraries and the Office of Arid Land Studies at the University of Arizona have worked together on Rangelands West, a collaborative effort involving 19 Western land-grant universities. The UA Libraries and the Office of Arid Land Studies have recently partnered on a new initiative, the Sonoran Desert Knowledge Exchange (SDKE). SDKE is an emerging collaborative effort led by the UA Libraries involving more than 25 educational institutions, community organizations, and research centers. The presenters will share information about the vision of SDKE, the development and content of the project, discuss the roles of SDKE partners and participants, and examine the evolution of SDKE through the lens of collaboration. Issues surrounding the complexities of collaboration will be explored: How are transitions handled from library-led projects to more collaborative projects? What long-term vision is required to incorporate collaborative elements into project stages? What are the challenges and rewards of collaborative projects?
    • Online Credit Courses: Providing Effective Learning Environments for Students

      Mery, Yvonne; Newby, Jill; Pfander, Jeanne; University of Arizona Libraries (2012-04-24)
      The Online Research Lab and the Information Research Strategies for Graduate Students and Researchers courses were created to address the needs of undergraduate and graduate-level students from across the University when the Libraries moved to an online instruction model. These one-credit courses have been successfully delivered to hundreds of students since their creation. In this time, the courses have gone through several reiterations and evaluations, and continue to be improved upon. Quantitative and qualitative data have shown that these credit courses are an effective and popular way to teach information literacy. This poster session will describe the courses and their creation, and present assessment data showing the effectiveness of the ORL course.
    • Quick and (Mostly) Painless Space Usage Assessment Using iPads

      Brite, Amanda; Miller-Wells, John; Pfander, Jeanne; Yildirim, Hayri; University of Arizona Libraries; (2012-04-24)
      The Library Space Usage Assessment project was initiated in September 2011 in an attempt to answer questions about how public spaces were currently being utilized at the University of Arizona Libraries. The project team utilized iPads and an online data collection form to gather data on customer activity over a period of three weeks during the fall 2011 semester. This poster presents an overview of the tools and methodology developed by the project team to conduct the assessment. The presentation also highlights the results of the project team's assessment efforts and how those results informed recent changes to library services.