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Meeting Minutes – September 25, 2014

  1. Welcome to TMLGAC
  2. Guest: Teresa Knott, Director, TML and Associate University Librarian
    • Student Technology Fee. Goes toward technologies for student use:
      - Update computers in public areas
      - Perform upgrades to study rooms, etc.
    • Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF). Still awaiting information on which TML requests were approved
      • Student Library Fee (new)
        - Extended TML hours started on September 2, 2014
        - What do students want to see improved in our physical library facility?
        - Some suggested uses for the Student Library Fee at TML include:
        —-> Replacing the chairs and soft seating on the 1st floor
        —-> Replacing our current tables with ones that can move around easily
        —-> Adding electrical outlets with USB plugs to every carrel in the stacks
        —-> Adding more liaison librarians
  3. Open discussion
    • Study space
      - Some students prefer to quietly study with others (vs. in isolation)
      - A white noise machine in the stacks might be helpful
    • Research poster support
      - Suggestion for TML to hold research poster workshops once a semester
      - Printing posters
      —-> TML has a large format printer
      —-> PhD Posters was also recommended
  4. Scholars Compass is a publishing platform for the intellectual output of VCU’s academic, research, and administrative communities.  It includes research posters, theses and dissertations, published and unpublished faculty research, and more.
  5. Request for statistics consulting services at the library
    - Suggestion to inquire with SoP or other schools on whether their Statistics TAs would be interested in offering their services at TML
    - Graduate students can receive 5 hours of free consulting at the Statistics and Analytics Consulting Lab
  6. Upcoming Sanger Series lecture: Science and the World’s Future with Bruce Alberts. Tuesday, 10/21/14 at 12:00 pm, starting with a light lunch at 11:15am. RSVP required.

Meeting Minutes – March 26, 2014

  1. MCV Student Government Association Survey:
    Review of TML’s results
  2. Questions from TML’s Research and Education Department
    Do you think there’s student interest in a basic, 1-hour literature review workshop?  Yes, especially if it’s available online for asynchronous viewing.  Online tutorials for different levels (basic vs. advanced) would be useful.
    Are you aware that librarians can help you develop search strategies for a literature review or grant proposal?  Based on the feedback received, the department needs to improve marketing this service.  Suggestion: Portable posters advertising these services in TML.  Posters can compare user vs. librarian searches, or they can feature liaisons.  Additional suggestion was made that being on the 2nd floor of the Hunton Student Center from 1-3pm instead of 11-1pm might help librarians reach their intended audience.
  3. Next meeting: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Note: The meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 27 was canceled due to numerous scheduling conflicts.

Meeting Minutes – December 4, 2013

1. Upcoming Event: Exam Breaks at Tompkins-McCaw Library, from 12-1pm

  • 12/9: Yoga (Special Collections & Archives Reading Room)
  • 12/10: Tai Chi (Special Collections & Archives Reading Room)
  • 12/11: Chair Massages (1st floor Conference Room)
  • 12/12: Yoga (Special Collections & Archives Reading Room)

2. Open Discussion

3. Next Meeting: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12pm in the 1st floor Conference Room at Tompkins-McCaw Library

See you after the holidays!

Meeting Minutes – November 20, 2013

1. Guests: Erin White, Web Systems Librarian; Joseph Figaro, Web Applications Designer.
2. Upcoming Events

  • Invitation to attend Tompkins-McCaw Library’s Thanksgiving lunch on 11/21/13
  • Exam Breaks at Tompkins-McCaw Library, from 12-1pm
    • 12/9: Yoga
    • 12/10: Tai Chi
    • 12/11: Chair Massages
    • 12/12: Yoga

3. Usability Testing on the new VCU Libraries website

  • Students were asked to complete tasks on the beta version of the new VCU Libraries website and share their observations.  Thanks for everyone’s participation!

4. Next meeting: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12pm in the 1st floor Conference Room at Tompkins-McCaw Library

Note: A question about the library’s Document Delivery Services was brought up during our last meeting.  When articles and book chapters are not available electronically but are part of the VCU Libraries’ print collection, you can pay $5 to have it delivered to you electronically.  (This service is free for distance-learning students.)  A list of the VCU Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services fees is available online.

Agenda – April 18th, 2013

Time & Location – Noon, 1st Floor Conference Room, Tompkins-McCaw Library

  1. Welcome
  2. Follow-Up from previous meeting
    1. Joining TMLGAC Next Year
    2. Study Breaks
  3. Open Discussion
    1. STF Funding Approval
    2. TMLGAC Improvement Discussion
    3. Other