Survey – Needs assessmentIn the first week of September, a survey was conducted among foreign students.
We wanted to know how much interest we could expect in library training sessions. The questionnaire consisted of 3 closed and one open question. It was sent to 2100 students, of which 333 (15%) completed it. We mainly wanted to target the students graduating in the autumn and spring semesters of the academic year 2022/23, but the opinions of other students were also very informative.
Our questions were:
1.When will you graduate from university?
2. Would you like to participate in short 30-45 minutes training sessions?
3. Preferred type of training (in-person/online)
4. Other ideas, suggestions
Requests related to literature search: 38% of respondents indicated that they would welcome courses on literature search. The library can fulfil this request 100%, just check “Current training sessions” button on the library’s website and choose the training you need.
Research Methodology: we can also provide help with this in the context of Research Methodology consultations.
Fake news literacy: We do not offer training specifically on this topic, but the source evaluation offered in our training courses can provide some guidance.
Academic Writing: Unfortunately, this service has been discontinued in the library from this autumn.
New ideas: requests were made for Systematic Literature Review course and sessions for usage of reference management softwares. We are open to it.
Other: longer library opening hours, use of free softwares (e.g. Canva).
Almost a third of the responses contained ideas that were beyond the library’s competence, such as: language learning support, learning methodology, thesis recommendations, proofreading and reviewing, book club, conference support, improving contact with lecturers, using data analysis software, career guidance.