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Research & Instruction Department: Goals & Objectives

Goals and Objectives

The mission of Hilton C. Buley Library’s Research & Instruction Department is to provide quality research & information services to the University community in a professional and timely manner, to develop and maintain a collection of print and electronic resources that support the learning, teaching and research needs of the university, and to instruct individuals, groups, and classes on the retrieval and effective use of information sources.

In order to provide quality service to the University community, the Research & Information Desk is staffed by a librarian most (not all) hours the library is open. Research librarians use the most effective innovative and traditional techniques in providing information, and instruct patrons in the value and use of the library's collections. The department recognizes that patron information needs and demands require that Research & Instruction staff members possess substantial capabilities and competencies and will strive to serve patrons with knowledge, alertness, accuracy, and speed.

The basic objective of the department is to provide direct support of the University curriculum through answering the research questions of patrons and by providing current, easily-accessible materials to answer those queries. In meeting the patron needs, the Research & Instruction Department follows standards presented in "Information Services for Information Consumers: Guidelines for Providers", prepared by the American Library Association in June, 1990. The department regularly reviews its guidelines for both the subject scope of the Reference Collection and the types of materials included in it. Also, it aims to set procedures for acquiring new materials and for weeding the collection to ensure the development and maintenance of a complete, current, and convenient Reference Collection.

Library Instruction Statistics

  Fall 2011 Spring 2012 Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
Library Instruction Sessions

 

118

 

89

 

164

 

88

 

148

 

74

 

108

 

60

 

119

 

54

 

126

 

52

 

131

 

42

 

155

 

42

 

149

Number of Students in Instruction Sessions

 

2000

 

1500

 

2732

 

1460

 

2791

 

1278

 

2016

 

1068

 

2246

 

1164

 

2583

 

1023

 

2192

 

791

 

2597

 

765

 

2349

Individual Appointments with Librarians

 

200

 

279

 

220

 

183

 

165

 

215

 

206

 

190

 

329

 

222

 

262

 

190

 

327

 

344

 

267

 

308

 

405

Number of library instruction sessions over timeChart of Individual Appointments with Librarians