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Fun Friday Factoids

28 May

This year’s survey of graduating seniors by the Cornell Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) included some stuff that warmed the cockles of my otherwise jaded librarian heart:

  • About 40% of ILR seniors felt that library resources and services contributed “quite a bit” or “very much” to their ability to evaluate the quality of information they found.
  • Over 60% of those seniors felt the library contributed “quite a bit” or “very much” to their ability to conduct research.
  • Over half gave the same ratings to our contribution to their efficiency.
  • And about 60% said we contributed “quite a bit” or “very much” to their academic success.

Approximately 50% of graduating seniors actually replied to this survey, and if I were to add in the folks who said we contributed “some” to the areas above, our stats would jump to the 85-90% range. I can’t help but be pleased with what this says about Catherwood, even if this year’s crew didn’t directly compare us to Vegas.

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News analysis

21 Apr

News: Thanks to my internship having a significant component applicable to the field of digital libraries, it looks like I’ll be graduating this August, rather than December.
What this means: I’m gonna have to start rationalizing not changing the name of this blog about four months early.

News: The ILR Student Government Association decided to take our library as the inspiration for their t-shirt this year. The front of the shirt reads “CLUB CATHERWOOD”, while the back says, “WHAT HAPPENS IN CATHERWOOD, STAYS IN CATHERWOOD”. 
What this means: While it may indicate that the student body doesn’t fully appreciate Catherwood’s commitment to outreach, the main lesson to be learned is that other libraries should be totally jealous that their patrons don’t compare them to freakin’ Vegas.