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once a week (Appendix 2.E). Students noted use of the library for a wide variety of purposes:
computer access, quiet study area, book and periodical access, etc. These surveys have helped
guide the library’s decisions in the past concerning purchases and policies.
The library also collects local usage statistics, interlibrary loan data, and gate counts. Elements
of this data are regularly submitted to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and
the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACR).
Constant interaction with students, instructors, and the College’s staff also shapes the library’s
decisions. EITC’s librarians interact with students and faculty on a daily basis, and it is this
interpersonal interaction that guides the library’s expansion of its resources the most. For
example, a nursing instructor requested the extension of CINAHL, the nurses’ database that was
mentioned in the previous section, and an automotive instructor asked that the library
purchase Shopkey for his students. Several of the library’s journals, magazines, and books have
also been purchased because of requests from faculty. Daily interaction with EITC’s faculty and
staff allows the library to obtain, evaluate, and utilize resources in a way that is effective and
2.E.3 Teaching Library Skills
The library provides support for students, faculty, and staff through a variety of means. For
example, library staff regularly presents research workshops for individual classes and Student
Success Workshops coordinated through EITC’s tutoring center. Several faculty members have
referred to the usefulness of these workshops in surveys the college has conducted. The library
also places informative handouts that cover common student concerns (such as how to do a
database search) on its front desk.
For the faculty, the library has often provided workshops at the beginning of semesters to keep
them informed about the library’s services and resources. Moreover, the library is often utilized
by members of the faculty and staff who are pursuing advanced degrees.
In a recent survey, conducted by the Accreditation Steering Committee, several faculty noted
how they integrate library resources into their courses. Some mentioned specific textbooks and
e-books that their students had to access from the library for their classes. Others mentioned
that they frequently took advantage of the training offered by the library concerning efficient
use of databases and effective research. It was also mentioned that the numerous desk-top
computer stations the library provides are essential for students.
Clearly faculty and students frequently use the library’s facilities directly; however, they also
utilize the library’s resources indirectly through use of EBSCO databases. For example, two
automotive instructors noted that their students use these databases on a daily basis, and
many other instructors noted that several of their assignments require use of the databases to
conduct research for papers.