Navigation

Libraries, ACE See Surge in Students at SRC

After the CNM Main Campus Library and the Academic Centers for Education (ACE) made their moves to the Student Resource Center in August 2010, a student survey was conducted to measure the impact the move had on student use of Library and ACE services.

Sep 01, 2016

March 2011

After the CNM Main Campus Library and the Academic Centers for Education (ACE) made their moves to the Student Resource Center in August 2010, a student survey was conducted to measure the impact the move had on student use of Library and ACE services.

With its exceptional views, spacious study areas and centralized resources, the new SRC has drawn significantly more students to both the library and tutoring center. The Main Campus Library's move from the fourth floor of Jeanette Stromberg Hall to the spacious west wing of the SRC has made the largest CNM library branch more popular than ever.

According to the survey, compared with Fall 2009, the Main Campus experienced a 34 percent increase in library visits in Fall 2010.

"I visit the new library more often because I like the space and natural light," said student Vanessa Hernandez.

The survey also shows that the move to the SRC has had a positive impact on tutoring attendance. ACE reported that during Fall 2010, the number of students dropping in for tutoring at the Main Campus site rose 21 percent, compared to the Fall 2009 term.
The new facility has enabled workshops and study groups to enjoy sizable growth as well. Last fall, 77 sessions were held, while in Fall 2010, 549 such sessions were held, an astounding increase of 613 percent. ESL conversation groups, which meet in both wings of the SRC, also rose by 23 percent.

Part of the survey also focused on information literacy -- the ability to recognize a need for information and then locate, evaluate and use the information effectively. Through bibliographic instruction classes, which help students acquire and develop this vital skill, information literacy is another area in which the CNM Libraries experienced growth. The Main Campus staff taught 20 percent more classes in Fall 2010, while increases in student attendance was even stronger, increasing by 28 percent. The volume of questions library staff answered rose by a whopping 210 percent.

Now that all CNM campuses include a library, students have more convenient access to research support than ever before. From Fall 2009 to Fall 2010, CNM Libraries experienced growth system-wide. The library system recorded a 15 percent growth in visits. The number of bibliographic instruction classes taught throughout the system grew by nearly 30 percent in that same time frame, as did the number of students attending such classes. Library staff answered an impressive 78 percent more library questions college-wide. ACE also grew college-wide and experienced an overall increase of 10 percent in tutoring visits in the past year.

"We are so happy with the results of the survey," said Associate Director of Libraries, Poppy Johnson-Renvall. "They show that when we listen and respond to the needs of our students, everyone wins. We won't be resting on our laurels, though, we will continue to innovate and strive to provide the best possible services for our patrons."

Faculty members are encouraged to schedule bibliographic instruction classes through the library's website, and call Ext. 4306 with any questions about tutoring and study group services offered by ACE.