Listening to you
We regularly involve you in assessing our services and resources. Gathering both quantitative and qualitative data enables us to understand your concerns about our services and explore ways in which we can improve things. We welcome all your comments about the wide range of Library services as your views are a key part of the discussions about developing services for the future and ensuring the best possible services for today.
Below is a summary of the key areas of work
Polls were introduced in 2011 to enable you to vote on a specific question of interest to us in developing our services to you. They offer us a snapshot of views and provide a feature on the website.
The current poll focuses on how important access to the Library was when making your choice to study with the OU.
In order to improve the services available to you we want to know how we can support your Open University studies, particularly, how satisfied you are with the current library services and what services we could develop in the future to make finding information easier.
National Student Survey
This survey is available to students at most Higher and Further education institutions across the UK. It provides students with the opportunity to give their opinions on what they liked about their time at the OU as well as things that they felt could have been improved. The question about library services is 'The library resources and services are good enough for my needs'. Our ratings are:
Improvements we have made - integrated more library resources and information literacy skills activities into study materials, developed a programme of online training sessions, introduced a 24/7 Library helpdesk for help and support. We have also developed a series of videos to showcase the broad range of library resoures available to you and produced a new student induction video.
Student Survey results 2012
Key areas of dissatisfaction were around navigation in some areas of the site and searching for resources.
Improvements we have made: We have updated the 'Searching the Library' block on the home page and we will be implementing a review of the full site in 2013.
Student Survey results 2010
Key areas of satisfaction were ease of using information and the good quality of materials available.
Key areas of dissatisfaction were site difficulties (search of site and resources) and being unable to access material.
Improvements we have made: New search facility introduced in Dec 2010 and new website in Oct 2011
Student Survey results 2008
Key areas of satisfaction were awareness of electronic journals and ebooks, help and support available
Key areas of dissatisfaction were lack of quick and clearer access to resources and the number on online resources available
Improvements we have made: Changes have been made to the consistency of navigating around the library website, we improved the website home page and we expanded our use of social networking.
AL (Associate Lecturers) Survey 2008
Key areas of satisfaction were - OU library services generally and awareness of electronic journals and ebooks
Key areas of need were - a greater range of full text online materials including journals and ebooks
Improvements we have made - more direct links from learning materials to library resources, more training on the library website and resources offered to ALs
Your comments about using the website and our services are always welcome. Please complete the feedback form