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On March 22nd and 23rd, 2018, the Information Needs Assessment Project Team visited Hanover College and conducted two of the methods (interviews and library mapping) in our toolkit. A total of 17 students and 6 faculty members participated in the study. You can view the report from that visit here:
- The library and its resources were highly regarded by all. This may be due in part to the nature of the library mapping activity.
- Coffee often came up as a topic by both faculty and students. Two students specifically asked for a coffee shop in the library, and one faculty member went out of their way to say that students did not want a coffee shop in the library.
- A lack of a 24/7 space on campus was brought up by students, as well as limited library hours.
- Students included hammocks in their ideal study space, and requested that the library provide hammocks to study in.
- Some spaces on campus are cold and thus undesirable study spaces.
- There is a lot of studying done at the high tables in the library; they are a hit among students.
- Safety concerns were highlighted by students, including at the library. The third floor was referred to as “deathly quiet and creepy” and there was a request for shuttle services across campus.
- Faculty were appreciative of librarians and their continued ingenuity amid budget restraints.