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SpringyCamp Summer 2022

Student Use of Space in the New Library: An Investigation with LibWizard

This presentation will show how librarians at the University of Houston-Victoria use LibWizard to investigate how students are using space in our new library. In February of 2020, we launched our Environmental Survey. Using conditional logic and a combination of field types, we created an easy to use survey that allowed us to track student counts and usage behavior in the library every hour the library was open. Our goal for the survey was not only to help us answer questions like what areas of the library are being used, but also to gather data that will help to us make future decisions about space and equipment allocation. In our presentation we will discuss how we developed what we included in the survey and the logistics of launching a project like this, how we actually created the survey in LibWizard using features like conditional logic and certain types of fields to make sure our data would be useful, how we can evaluate the data both within LibWizard and using the export feature and, of course, what we learned along the way. Our presentation would benefit any librarians who are curious about how their space is being used but don’t require bookings of all of their spaces. Finally, we believe the usage data findings would be of interest to any librarian who wants to know what students seem to value in a library space.

Product Covered: LibWizard




Jaena Manson - has been with the UHV Library since 2017 as an Instruction and Outreach Librarian and, most recently, as the Online Learning Librarian. Jaena has presented and published on a variety of topics including a set of disability education LibGuides, social media, and peer mentoring. In her current position, she is passionate about creating educational materials that will help students become more information literate. In her free time, you can find her doing any type of fiber art (knitting, cross-stitching, quilting, etc.) with her cat, Kitty, on her lap.  

Alexis Hickey - is an instruction and outreach librarian at the University of Houston-Victoria. She is responsible for undergraduate and in-person library instruction, event programming, and promoting library services through outreach and marketing. Alexis also manages the UHV Library’s social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

Tami Wisofsky - is the eResources Librarian for the UHV Library. She manages access, licensing and authentication for databases and ejournals, as well as supervising Interlibrary Loan. She loves data, assessment, and Excel. She is currently learning PowerBI to expand the parsing and visualization capabilities of UHV Library data. 

Karen Locher - has an MLIS from the University of Texas. She has wide experience in libraries - serials librarian, government documents librarians, instruction librarian, and finally the one in charge of the computers. 

Lori Bryan - has been with the library for 29 years, spending time as Circulation Supervisor, Distance Education Librarian and Head of Reference. Lori has served on the Copyright Education Subcommittee, Distance Education Subcommittee and the American Libraries Advisory Board for ALA and on the Programming Committee for Open Texas 2022. 

University of Houston-Victoria Library

  • Library type: Academic (also serves local Community College) 
  • Demographic served: Students, faculty, staff, and community members 
  • Population size: UHV FTE 4,350 (Fall 2021), Victoria College FTE approximately 6,200 
  • Library Staff Size: 21 Librarians and Staff, as well as student workers 
  • Library Staff Model: In-person 

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