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, Apple’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.
Jones, J.L., & Sinclair, B. (2011). Assessment on the go: Surveying students with an iPad. Journal of Library Innovation, 2(2), 22-35.
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Originally published in the open access journal, Journal of Library Innovation, Volume 2, Issue 2, 2011, pp. 22-35, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 license.