During my time at Colorado State University Libraries (CSUL) as an Information Literacy Instructor, I taught 7.5 hours of information literacy courses supporting the university’s undergraduate college composition program, created instructional videos about library resources for remote learning purposes, and researched how other universities’ libraries’ websites provide information to their patrons about journal subscriptions and cancellations, and then crafted a report providing the CSUL team with suggestions on how to provide similar information on journal subscriptions to the CSU community. Below are the highlights of the latter two projects.


Project Highlights:

1. Instructional Video Creation:

Creation of the below videos about library resources and services offered by the library.

  1.  “CSU Library Services”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmZfiV0ApuM
  2. “CSU Library Services Video for CO 130 / CO 150 Classes (Updated)”


2. Collection Development Project:

Background & Research TaskColorado State University Libraries (CSUL) is looking to add more information and language about collections, journal “big deals”, Elsevier negotiation with the Alliance, etc. on its website. Thus, I was given the task to research how other GWLA or “peer” libraries’ websites are currently communicating this information, including information about journal cancellations, “big deals”, Elsevier, etc. Moreover, I was to note what was particularly effective, helpful, and eye-catching.

Research Methods: I reviewed 11 university libraries’ websites, including:

  • Arizona State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington
  • Utah State University

I browsed these websites and used the search box function,  looking for information about big deals and collection development policies. In doing so, I compiled detailed information about each university library’s website, as well as a conclusion about what I found most helpful and effective across the websites. Furthermore, I provided a few suggestions to CSUL to potentially pursue while updating the language on its website. For more information, please contact me at joanna.smith@ucla.edu.





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