Last summer in Tech Talk, of the More Than Books v.22 #3 issue, we wrote about the differences between online and print journals. They both have benefits depending on your needs. One benefit of online journals is that you can access them remotely, which is what many people had to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Freeman/Lozier Library was open the entire time so you could still look at the print journals if necessary.
In the fall of 2019, we began a nine-month print journal survey to find out what print journals were being used in the library. This survey will help us either continue keeping the titles we have or choose other options. Therefore, it is important to have everyone’s input.
The survey was paper-clipped to the front of the journal with the title of the journal, volume and issue noted. We are asking four questions. 1) Date, 2) Which status the user is: Faculty, Student, Alumni, Staff, or Other, 3) Did they find what they were looking for in the journal? Yes or No, Comments they have about their search if any, and 4) Comments about the journals in the library if they have any.
At the writing of the article, the survey is not quite finished, so we are not ready to reveal the results. We can share a little information though. The more popular titles that are read are the news magazines to get current news or for enjoyment. The week with the most usage was the first week of the fall session. The patron group that uses the journals the most is our staff in fulfilling requests for patrons through document delivery. We have noticed that journals have been out of place so we know that more are being used than what is recorded since surveys are not filled out. So, please take a couple minutes to let us know what journals are being used. We welcome your feedback.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 23 No. 3, Summer 2020.