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Importance of Service in Academic Libraries

As Monica and I (& Alison Wesel) stated in our article “8 Years of institutional assessment feedback: students’ satisfaction with library services“, developing quality questions to ask students is key to a quality satisfaction survey. It is important to ask both qualitative and quantitative questions over as a longitudinal as was practiced at the institution in this study. If you need guidance on adding library questions to a student satisfaction survey or how to craft questions for your institution’s survey, please contact us as we have many years of experience.

SkillsUSA 2018: Judging at Howard Technical High School in Wilmington, Delaware

SkillsUSA 2018: Judging at Howard Technical High School in Wilmington, Delaware

Rusty and I had the opportunity recently to serve as guest judges for New Castle County Vocational Technical (NCCVT) School District’s Howard High School of Technology’s SkillsUSA competitions.

Students competed at Howard H.S. from across the state of Delaware in the areas of Business Applications, Web Design, and Animation. We enjoyed interacting with the students and having the opportunity to review their extremely creative competition submissions. This was a special trip for me, personally, as I taught in the NCCVT school district for eight years – it was great to see some familiar faces again.

Stephanie Foster, the Computer Networking instructor and a friend of mine for many years, took us on a tour of Howard after judging concluded. We had the opportunity to see their new building in progress – an absolutely beautiful facility! It’s clear the teachers and staff care deeply about their students and school. Thanks, Stephanie, for hosting us!

Check out some of the pictures form our tour from clicking through the gallery below.

Author Profiles

As Kenning Arlitsch and Justin Shanks mentioned in their article “Making Sense of Researcher Services” marketing oneself as a researcher is an important piece of the research process in the 21st century.  The LinkedIn post below illustrates ways to further one’s presence online with an ORCID.  In addition, an author can build an author profile with Google Scholar profile, which pulls all types of information (presentation, dissertations, white papers, peer-reviewed articles) to an author’s Google Scholar profile page.  Here is an example of our, Russell Michalak and Monica Rysavy, Google Scholar profile pages, as well as Kenning Arlitch’s.

Rysavy & Michalak featured on the Against the Grain Podcast

Recently, Rusty and I had the opportunity to chat with Leah Hinds, of the Charleston Library Conference, about our experiences with a  hybrid onboarding program we designed with student workers for Rusty’s Library and Learning Center staff and the IT staff who work in the same space. Listen to our conversation by clicking the podcast player below or by visiting ATGthePodcast 043 – Fast Pitch Competition Honorable Mentions – Goldey-Beacom College.


Rysavy & Michalak Consultant’s blog is authored by Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D. and Russell Michalak, MLIS. We are academic directors with a combined 28 years of experiences working in higher education institutions. Learn more about us by visiting our About Us page.


Our Research Online

You can find our recent publications on our Publications page, or you can check out one of the several author profile services we both utilize, including:


Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D.

Russell Michalak, MLIS


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Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D.

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Russell Michalak, MLIS

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