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International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Academic Library Subject Specialists

  • ID: 4085320
  • Report
  • Region: Global, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States
  • 50 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The study presents data from a survey of more than 500 international research university faculty from 50+ universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland about their use of their academic library subject specialists.  The study provides detailed data on who uses academic library subject specialists and how often; it also presents detailed evaluations by faculty on their experience with their academic library subject specialist, and their self-perceived need for their subject specialist.

Data is broken out by many criteria such as faculty academic title, faculty gender, national location of the university, faculty academic discipline, university public/private status, university enrollment size, faculty teaching load and other useful criteria. 

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • 51.39% of survey participants noted that their libraries had a subject specialist in their area of scholarship.  Scholars in institutions ranked in the top 18 worldwide were slightly more likely than others to feel that their library had a subject specialist in their area of scholarship; nearly 61% thought so.
  • Postdocs were the least likely to feel that the library had subject specialist for them – only 28.57% of them thought so, while nearly 60% of professors did.
  • Faculty from institutions with less than 12000 students enrolled were less likely than those at their larger peers to be satisfied with their academic library subject specialist.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE

PARTICIPANTS LIST
Characteristics of the Sample

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Percentage of Faculty Who Believe their Academic Library has a Subject Specialist for Them
Percentage of Faculty Who have Ever had Contact with their Academic Library Subject
Specialist
Number of Times Faculty Contacted the Subject Specialist in the Past Year
Level of Satisfaction with the Academic Library Subject Specialist
Faculty Self-Perceived Need for Assistance from Academic Library Subject Specialists

List of Tables
Table 1.1 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  
Table 1.2 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking
Table 1.3 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by university total enrollment
Table 1.4 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by country
Table 1.5 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out for public and private universities? (public defined as largely supported through state funds)
Table 1.6 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by age of the survey participant
Table 1.7 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by gender of the survey participant  
Table 1.8 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by the political views of the survey participant
Table 1.9 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by academic title or role of the survey participant
Table 1.10 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant
Table 1.11 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by per semester teaching load of the survey participant
Table 1.12 Does your library have a subject specialist in your area of scholarship?  Broken out by academic field of the survey participant
Table 2.1 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?
Table 2.2 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking
Table 2.3 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by university total enrollment
Table 2.4 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by country
Table 2.5 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out for public and private universities? (public defined as largely supported through state funds)  
Table 2.6 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by age of the survey participant
Table 2.7 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by gender of the survey participant  
Table 2.8 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by the political views of the survey participant  
Table 2.9 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by academic title or role of the survey participant
Table 2.10 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant
Table 2.11 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by per semester teaching load of the survey participant
Table 2.12 If so, have you ever had contact with this individual?  Broken out by academic field of the survey participant
Table 3.1 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?
Table 3.2 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking
Table 3.3 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by nnrollment
Table 3.4 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by country
Table 3.5 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out for public and private universities? (public defined as largely supported through state funds)  
Table 3.6 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by age of the survey participant
Table 3.7 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by gender of the survey participant
Table 3.8 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by the political views of the survey participant  
Table 3.9 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by academic title or role of the survey participant
Table 3.10 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant
Table 3.11 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by per semester teaching load of the survey participant
Table 3.12 How many times in the past year have you contacted your library’s subject specialist in your area of expertise for assistance of any kind?  Broken out by academic field of the survey participant
Table 4.1 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship?  
Table 4.2 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking
Table 4.3 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by university total enrollment
Table 4.4 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by country
Table 4.5 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out for public and private universities? (public defined as largely supported through state funds)
Table 4.6 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by age of the survey participant
Table 4.7 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by gender of the survey participant
Table 4.8 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant  
Table 4.9 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by academic title or role of the survey participant  
Table 4.10 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant  
Table 4.11 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by per semester teaching load of the survey participant
Table 4.12 How would you describe your level of satisfaction with your library’s subject specialist (s) in your area of scholarship? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant  
Table 5.1 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists?
Table 5.2 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by US News and World Report World Ranking
Table 5.3 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by university total enrollment
Table 5.4 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by country
Table 5.5 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out for public and private universities? (public defined as largely supported through state funds)  
Table 5.6 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by age of the survey participant
Table 5.7 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by gender of the survey participant
Table 5.8 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by the political views of the survey participant  
Table 5.9 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by academic title or role of the survey participant
Table 5.10 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant
Table 5.11 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by per semester teaching load of the survey participant
Table 5.12 Which phrase best describes your view of your own personal need for assistance from the library's reference staff and staff of subject specialists? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant

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Scholars from the following institutions were surveyed for the report:

  • Australian National University
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Brown University
  • Carleton University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Curtin University
  • Drexel University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Griffith University
  • Imperial College London
  • James Cook University
  • Massey University
  • McGill University
  • Monash University
  • Penn State University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Reading University
  • Rice University
  • Rockefeller University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • UConn Health Center
  • University of California
  • Davis
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of California
  • Berkeley
  • University of California
  • Riverside
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Florida
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Texas
  • Southwestern Medical Center
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Utah
  • University of Western Australia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington State University
  • Yale University
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