The MacPhaidin Library collects data about its resources and services in order to assess our work and improve our support for Stonehill College students, faculty, and staff. This year, we are beginning a new project in order to better understand how our students work with the library and our librarians. As part of this project, Students will be asked to swipe their HillCards after they have asked a question at the reference desk and received assistance from a librarian, or at the end of an instruction session or research consultation. This card swipe allows us to record student ID numbers, which we will then correlate with anonymous demographic data such as class year and major. From this data, we plan to create student surveys and outreach programs that will enable us to enhance the resources we offer to our students.
As part of this study and to comply with IRB regulations, all Stonehill students will recieve an emailed letter at the start of each semester, explaining the project. A student may opt out at any time by declining to swipe his or her HillCard. This letter is also included in this Guide.
As the study develops, all information about our process and findings will be available through this Guide.