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Assessment on the Go: Surveying Students With an iPad

Author(s): Jennifer L. Jones | Bryan Sinclair

Journal: Journal of Library Innovation
ISSN 1947-525X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 22;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: academic libraries | assessment | surveys | user satisfaction | tablet computers | Apple iPad

Ongoing assessment in academic libraries, particularly the measurement of student perceptions, preferences, and satisfaction, can be a challenge to schedule and execute. This paper describes a pilot project at Georgia State University Library that combined assessment with the portability of the tablet computer. A tablet computer--in this case, Appleā€™s iPad--loaded with survey software became a digital clipboard with the added benefit of automatic data compilation. Subjects were surveyed quickly in the library buildings, maximizing convenience for both subjects and researchers alike. The result was a model that other libraries, as well as campus student services divisions and classroom instructors, can easily adopt. Methodology, benefits, lessons learned, and ideas for future projects are discussed.
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