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Ithaka S+R 2013 Survey of Library Directors Webinar


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On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Ithaka S+R released the results of its 2013 library survey: “Insights from Academic Library Directors.” SAGE held a 60-minute webinar in which our Market Research Analyst Elisabeth Leonard discussed the survey findings with Roger Schonfeld, Ithaka S + R’s Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices.

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Ithaka S+R 2013 Survey of Library Directors Webinar

  1. 1. What is The Role of the Librarian in an Open Access World? Wednesday, October 23 2013 2pm EST
  2. 2. Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 Roger C. Schonfeld March 11, 2014
  3. 3. 1. Background and methodology 2. Strategy and Leadership 3. Formats and Collections 4. Discovery 5. Undergraduate Teaching and Information Literacy Lots more in the report! Outline of Today’s Presentation
  4. 4. The Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey has been run triennially for five cycles (2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012). The Ithaka S+R Library Survey has covered directors and deans triennially for two cycles (2010, 2013). Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services program provides qualitative measures: • Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians • Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Chemists • Art history project currently in progress Local Surveys of students, faculty members, and soon librarians, help colleges and universities plan for and manage change. Providing Evidence for Planning and Strategy
  5. 5. The Library Survey 2013: Advisory Committee • Larry P. Alford, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries • Joseph S. Meisel, Deputy Provost, Brown University • Jenica P. Rogers, Director of Libraries, SUNY Potsdam • Charles Thomas, Executive Director, University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions
  6. 6. The Library Survey 2013: Sponsors
  7. 7. • Population included library deans and directors at US higher education institutions granting a bachelor’s degree or higher. • In October 2013, 1,508 library deans and directors were invited and then reminded to participate via email • By November, 499 responses were received The Library Survey 2013: Methodology Number of Invitations Number of Responses Response Rate Baccalaureate 612 186 30.4% Master’s 620 190 30.6% Doctoral 276 123 44.6% Total 1508 499 33.1%
  8. 8. Strategy and Leadership
  9. 9. The survey included a question that Ithaka S+R asks in most surveys: “How important is it to you that your college or university library provide each of the functions below?” Respondents rate the importance of six functions: 1. Buyer- “The library pays for resources faculty members need, from academic journals to books to electronic resources.” 2. Archive- “The library serves as a repository of resources; in other words, it archives, preserves, and keeps track of resources.” 3. Gateway- “The library serves as a starting point or ‘gateway’ for locating information for faculty research.” 4. Research- “The library provides active support that helps increase the productivity of faculty research and scholarship.” 5. Teaching- “The library supports and facilitates faculty teaching activities.” 6. Information Lit.- “The library helps undergraduates develop research, critical analysis, and information literacy skills.” “Role of the Library” Question
  10. 10. "I am considered by academic deans and other senior administrators to be a member of my institution’s senior academic leadership." Percentage of respondents who strongly agreed.
  11. 11. "My library has a well-developed strategy to meet changing user needs and research habits.”
  12. 12. "What are the primary constraints on your ability to make desired changes in your library? Please select up to three items that have the greatest impact at your institution, or leave the question blank if none of the items apply.”
  13. 13. "If you received a 10% increase in your library’s budget next year in addition to the funds you already expect to receive, in which of the following areas would you allocate the money? Please check up to three areas that you would invest in.”
  14. 14. Formats and Library Collections
  15. 15. “Library Functions” Question The 2013 question included a question about the prioritization of library functions: “How much of a priority is each of the following functions in your library?” Respondents rated their prioritization of 24 different types of library services and functions.
  16. 16. "Building our local print collections is much less important than it was 5 years ago.”
  17. 17. "My library increasingly relies on collaborative relationships with other libraries to fulfill our users’ needs for materials.”
  18. 18. e-Books
  19. 19. "Electronic versions of scholarly monographs play an important role in the research and teaching of faculty members at my institution.”
  20. 20. "Within the next five years, the use of e-books will be so prevalent among faculty and students that it will not be necessary to maintain library collections of hard copy books.”
  21. 21. "What percentage of your print book collection has your library de-accessioned because you have access to those books in an electronic format?"
  22. 22. Journals
  23. 23. "Within the next five years, the use of online or digitized journals will be so prevalent among faculty and students that it will not be necessary to maintain library collections of hard-copy journals.”
  24. 24. "I am completely comfortable with journals my library subscribes to ceasing their print versions and publishing in electronic-only form.”
  25. 25. Discovery
  26. 26. "It is strategically important that my library be seen by its users as the first place they go to discover scholarly content.”
  27. 27. "My library is always the best place for researchers at my institution to start their search for scholarly information.”
  28. 28. "To what extent do you think that your index-based discovery service has made your users' discovery experience better or worse in each of the following areas?”
  29. 29. Undergraduate Teaching and Information Literacy
  30. 30. "How much of a priority is each of the following functions in your library?“
  31. 31. 84% of library directors agree. “Librarians at my college or university contribute significantly to student learning by helping them to develop their research skills.” 45% of faculty members agree.
  32. 32. 87% of library directors agree. Librarians at my college or university contribute significantly to student learning by helping them to find, access, and make use of a range of secondary and primary source in their coursework. 54% of faculty members agree.
  33. 33. 39% of library directors agree. “Librarians at my institution are integrated into institution-wide processes of curricular planning.”
  34. 34. Whose responsibility is it to “develop the skills of undergraduate students related to locating and evaluating scholarly information?” • 72% of library directors said it was the library’s responsibility, and 22% of faculty members said the same. • 22% of library directors said it was faculty members’ responsibility, and 44% of faculty members said the same
  35. 35. "My library is fully prepared to support students who are enrolled in our institution’s online classes." (Base: institutions with online course offerings.)
  36. 36. Conclusion • Institution type diversity is substantial • The information literacy role is important for all • Relatively high levels of perceived alignment with direct supervisor • At most half think they have a solid plan for the future • Financial resources seen as biggest constraint in driving change • Strong interest in being seen as the discovery starting point • Ongoing interest in e-journals and e-books investments • ILL is essential for all; print books are not a high priority and in decline • Among doctoral institutions, lots of interest in special collections
  37. 37. Thank you Reports are available publicly at: Contact information: @rschon 212-500-2338