UT Dallas Grad Student Wins FitBit Charge 2 for Filling Out Library Survey

When UT Dallas graduate student Malcolm Ladines saw an email from the Eugene McDermott Library informing him he had won a FitBit Charge 2, he thought it was likely junk mail. But then he remembered the survey he had taken recently that promised one lucky winner a FitBit Charge 2.

Ladines was that lucky winner!

“When I found out by email I had won, at first I honestly thought it was spam since I had forgotten that I had submitted the survey, but when I read further, I became elated that I had won,” Ladines said.

Between Oct. 27 and Nov. 17, the McDermott Library conducted the LibQual Assessment Survey, developed by the Association of Research Libraries, to help Library administration get a clear picture of what students and faculty want from their campus library.

“I have rarely entered contests in the past since I was skeptical that I’d ever win,” Ladines said. “I did the survey since I wanted to share feedback, but didn’t expect at all that I’d or that my thoughts would be heard, but I was ecstatic when I found out that I won and that students’ opinions matter.”

“This is the first time I’ve ever won anything,” he said.

Ladines, who is pursuing a dual master of science in healthcare leadership and management degree program and MBA program, was one of more than 1,600 students who took the survey, a tool to help the Library administrators discover what they can do to keep improving Library operations.

Ladines, who expects to graduate in 2020, has spent many hours studying in the McDermott Library and said he’s impressed with the Library’s many upgrades and renovations, including the addition of new furniture and a graduate study room, “which shows the Library is moving forward to serve its student population.”

“Because I’m enrolled as a full-time grad student and also employed full time in my career, the Library becomes my ‘home away from home’ that gives me the space and focus to work, and will continue to be a place where I can get motivation to stay up late at night and get everything done,” Ladines said.

The McDermott Library staff is working hard to make the Library an even better place its patrons and depends on their feedback to continue growing. We appreciate everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. You are an important part of shaping the McDermott Library’s future.

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