Conference Report: ASEE Engineering Libraries Division - Chicago June 2006 - by Susan Salo
.: With her permission, I am happy to present Susan Salo's report from the ASEE Conference in Chicago in June 2006. Susan is a CISTI Information Specialist and is Head of the NRC Information Centre in London ON, and is a member of the Engineering Libraries Division of ASEE.
Conference Report : American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Librarians Division, Chicago, June 18 – 21, 2006
Susan Salo, NIS, NIC London
ASEE Main Plenary, Advancing Education: Launching a Year of Dialogue
Not unique to the librarians division, this panel session was set up to launch a dialogue on key issues and concerns in American engineering scholarship and education.
Key points of interest (not political):
Promotion of K-12 engineering is and should be occurring
ASEE is sponsoring its 5th Global Colloquium for Engineering
Teachers are getting out into industry and virtually having coop terms; the faculty are learning to be engineers
Get Acquainted Session
I found myself deep in a discussion on library assessment. Some things that came up:
(University of New Mexico) During a particular assessment project they had great support from the University management, the Regent(s) showed up, other very important people provided support and funds during the planning phase. However, during the assessment phase, they only had 4 people volunteer to participate.
(Colorado School of Mines) Same complaints on a regular basis over the years: printers, weak collection, hours.
(Penn State) They tried giving questionnaires to every fifth person who logged in. They were successful with a one-minute questionnaire given to people as they were leaving the library.
(Missouri-Rolla) Bring in a consultant.
(MIT) 1.5 hour student interviews
(Texas A&M) They did usability studies. Problem: Pre-tested on grads, then found out undergrads did things very differently