Last Friday I received a call from a Foundational Studies instructor that was inquiring about a library session for her Reading and Writing classes. We talked about inviting the Chicago Public Library to do a library card campaign on campus. She offered to work with to design a lesson plan and co-teach. She was willing to do anything to help her students.
I suggested we survey students to find out if they would want us to invite the Chicago Public Library to our college. My library colleagues said we did not the same resources as other institutions.
First why not ask students what would help them? Many of our students are recipients of financial aid, and many do not know the Chicago Public Library is an option for research. I believe the more supportive we are of our library users the more they will support us. When we need our students to speak out and tell administration how important the library is to their academic careers. If we are there for them they will stand up for us without hesitation I know as a former online librarian that students can live without a physical library, and successfully complete their research.
This assumption and complacency is dangerous, and does not consider the future of the library.
I have created many online surveys to get feedback from faculty and students, but have not had the support to ask, what do you want in your library?
It will help me determine if my thoughts and projects for the future are on track.
I look forward to my library evolving and accepting the feedback and participation of our college community.