Over 4,500 GGU students took online classes last year — a large number considering GGUs modest size. To make life easier for online students, Librarians at the GGU Business Library are working hard to support them with the content and services they want.
LibGuides – Masters of Curation
Research librarians love searching for information, but this may not be as fun for students on a deadline. Librarians have created over 60 LibGuides which save students time when researching a specific topic. How many sources of great information do you have about economic forecasting, just off the top of your head? Not many?
Library Search Portal – Leave Google and Wikipedia in the dust
With clickbait articles and thin journalism clogging Google results and interested parties fiddling with Wikipedia pages, the GGU online catalog is a must for students. Librarians curate and update the library’s search portal that serves up citation-worthy results from a collection of approximately 40,000 print books, 175,000 e-books, and 54,000 e-Journal titles. Librarians work closely with GGU faculty, so the collection is tailor-made to student needs.
The library makes the research experience more effective by teaching students to find, evaluate, and use appropriate resources. In keeping with GGU’s real-world approach to learning, we make sure to have current, easily-accessible content available through the library.
—James Krusling, Library Director
Subscription Databases – “You get what you pay for.”
As any business student knows, the “good stuff” is worth paying for. That’s why the library staff subscribes to over 100 databases covering all disciplines taught at the university. The subscription databases include heavy-duty research reports and articles; esteemed publications such as Harvard Business Review; publications for very specialized disciplines such as supply chain management; best practices articles that are often behind paywalls; and business mega-databases such as EBSCO’s Business Source Complete that carry tens of thousands of business articles.
GGU Business Library Digital Resource Facts
Librarian-created “LibGuides”: 65
Subscription databases: 112
Electronic journal titles in the collection: 54,513
Virtual Support – “I’ve fallen down on my research and I can’t get up!”
Librarians provide one-on-one research support by email, instant messenger, and phone.
Online Research Skills – “Oh, that was the best practice…6 months ago!”
Librarians help teach research skills that are crucial in a rapidly changing business landscape where best practices and strategy changes in a matter of weeks. This happens both in the classroom and via video modules online.
Popularity – Students are using the digital library.
Here are some stats for 2016 as reported by Library Director James Krusling:
Electronic articles viewed: 150,665
eBook requests: 72,263
Database searches: 194,191
Electronic industry reports viewed: 43,526
Krusling says: “The library makes the research experience more effective by teaching students to find, evaluate, and use appropriate resources. In keeping with GGU’s real-world approach to learning, we make sure to have current, easily-accessible content available through the library.”
There were 121,638 visits to the library in 2016. The GGU Business Library is at the center of a modern space that enables individual and group learning complete with customizable furniture, mobile whiteboards, and technology-enhanced collaboration stations. It also provides great convenience for students through its sharing of space with eLearning, Tutoring Services, The Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, and the GGU Law Library.
Library photo: Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography