Category Archives: Questions

Questions for Jan 17th Meeting

Sorry for the late
notice but we have had an addition to our agenda this Thursday.  Ronke Lawal, who will be implementing
LibQual+ this Spring 2013, is soliciting feedback on how you go about answering
the questions on the survey.  She has
given three sample questions for us to examine.

about your baseline expectations for the services presented and come prepared
to discuss how you would answer these questions.  Please take a look at
the sample prompt and questions below:

Please rate the
following statements (1 is lowest, 9 is highest) by indicating:

Minimum: For each question,
indicate the number that represents the minimum level of
service that you would find acceptable

Desired: the number that
represents the level of service that you personally want

Perceived – the number that
represents the level of service that you believe our library
currently provides

When it comes to:

IC-1- Making
electronic resources accessible from my home or office

My minimum service
level is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

My Desired service
level is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Perceived service
performance is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


When it comes to:

IC-2 – A library Website
enabling me to locate information on my own

My minimum service
level is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

My Desired service
level is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Perceived service
performance is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


When it comes to:

IC-8 – Print and/or
electronic journal collections I require for my work

My minimum service
level is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

My Desired service
level is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Perceived service
performance is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

greatly appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


Questions for Dec 6th Meeting

Programming will be the theme of the December 6th meeting.  Shannon Jones, Associate Director for Research & Education, will be attending to see what kind of programming you might be interested at the VCU Libraries.  Some questions to think about prior to our meeting:

  1. What type of programming would you like to see offered at TML? i.e. Workshops, Panel Discussions, Invited Speakers, etc?  
  2. What are some topics of programming you think would engage the various members of MCV?  Do you know of any speakers who could speak on this topic (from the VCU community and beyond)?  
  3. What programming have you attended at VCU you thought to be successful?
  4. What programming was offered in your previous libraries?  What did you attend?
Please take some time to think about these questions prior to the meeting and come prepared to discuss.
Thank you – Emily

Dates for 2012-2013 TMLGAC

I hope you all have had a wonderful break.  I would like your feedback on the dates I have selected for this next years TMLGAC meetings.  This will be held at Noon with lunch served.  Here are the dates:

Fall Semester
  • Thursday, September 20th
  • Thursday, October 18th
  • Thursday, November 15th
  • Thursday, December 6th
Spring Semester
  • Thursday, January 17th
  • Thursday, February 21st
  • Thursday, March 21st
  • Thursday, April 18th
I want to be as flexible as possible with you all regarding academic conflicts.  Please email me if these dates will work with your schedule by next week Thusday, August 8th.

Book Search Challenge

The Tompkins-McCaw Library is interested in your opinion
about how we organize our Book Stack collection on the second floor.  The books are arranged using Library of
Congress Classification
, with the majority of our collection in the letter “R”
for Medicine.  We currently have our
collection arranged with the materials only using one row and starting in the
back section of the second floor, like the following diagram:

CurrentStacks.jpgTML is in the beginning stages of a potential rearrangement
of the stacks.  The stacks would be
arranged from front to back, utilizing both rows of shelving.  It would look like the following diagram:


We would like your feedback on this potential change to our
stacks.  To have a fresh experience in
mind, please try to locate one of the following books using their call number
and report the title at the meeting:

  1. QR46.M425 2007
  2.  R280.C6 C.47 2006
  3.  RK52.M287 2010

Generally, please
be prepared to discuss your experience finding books in libraries.

Quick Search Demo

have a guest joining us who will be talking with you about the implementation
of a new search tool at VCU Libraries. 
We’re calling this tool “Quick Search.”  Right now at VCU Libraries, you have to
search for books in one place (the catalog), articles in many other places (the
databases).  The goal of this new
“Quick Search” tool is to search a very large portion of the
collections from once place — including books and articles.  Erin White, our Web Systems Librarian, will
be joining us to show you the new product and also ask for your feedback.


order to get the most feedback possible, Erin would appreciate it if you all
could take some time to play with this product in advance.  To access Quick Search, go to the
Tompkins-McCaw Library website at and click on the “Quick Search” tab on the search box in the
middle of the screen.  Please regard the
following screenshot to access Quick Search:


to consider:


Pretend you’re trying to find a copy of
your favorite book.  Use Quick Search to
find it, and see if you can locate the call number for the book.

Think about the last time you had to
conduct a search for a clinical question or literature – does this tool get you to resources you would
have needed? 

See if you can figure out how to add the
items you like to a list and e-mail them to yourself so you can keep up with

Generally, please be prepared to discuss
your experience with using Quick Search at the meeting!


Thanks, everyone! 

Student Technology Fee

Every year, the University asks the VCU Libraries to submit proposals for expending its portion of funds collected from the Student Technology Fee.  Part of this process involves a review by representatives of the student body and by the VCU Libraries Advisory Committee.  The Graduate Student Advisory Committee will act as our representatives of the student body for the Medical College of Virginia.  We don’t know yet the amount of funds which will be available next fiscal year but we intentionally aim high to create an environment where discovery and learning are fostered.  Past funds were spent on:

  • Upgrading Public Computers
  • Enhancing Collaborative Spaces
  • Digital Media Equipment
  • Etc

During the March TMLGAC meeting, we will present you a list of items we want to have this fee contributed too.  In the meantime, we want you to think about the following questions:

  1. At your previous institutions, did you have access to technology in your library which you think would enhance your experience at the VCU Libraries?
  2. Do you have any suggestions of additional technology to added to assist you in your studies?

Questions for October 13th Meeting

At our next TMLGAC meeting, our guest will be John Ulmschneider, University Librarian at VCU.  He would like feedback on the following questions:

1. Are the collections adequate for graduate-level work in your field?  What’s lacking?  Do you believe your colleagues at other institutions have access to better collections than at VCU?

2. In an ideal world, what kind of space in a library would you like to see available to a graduate student? Would it include space for faculty too?

Please take some time to think about these question and I look forward to our meeting next week. 

Thank you – Emily