Survey of Academic Library Policies for Group Work Spaces, 2018 Edition

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  • 87 pages
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The report looks closely at how 29 North American colleges manage their group work spaces and enclosed spaces for individuals, and provides crucial benchmarking data on the number of rooms available, room size, room utilization rates, current and planned technology expenditures, booking, attendance, demographics of use and future plans in these and other areas.  The study presents data on occupancy rates, advance notice requirements for booking, maximum number of room occupants, most appreciated room features, investment plans and other data and commentary. Data is broken out for public and private colleges, by enrollment, tuition level, and by college type, i.e., community colleges, 4-year colleges, MA/PHD granting institutions and research universities.

Just a few of the 87-page report’s main findings are that:

  • 44.84% of respondents indicated that their library’s group study rooms were built when the library was constructed. A slight smaller share, 37.93%, said their group study rooms were added post-construction of the initial library building. The smallest share, 17.24%, indicated that their library had a mix of original and add-on group study rooms.
  • A majority, 75.86%, of respondents said their library does not offer single person enclosed study rooms.
  • Faculty and administration accounted for 4.96% of group work space utilization.
  • On average, respondents indicated that slightly more than half, 50.66%, of their college’s study rooms were designed to comfortably seat 6 or more individuals. Rooms of this size were more widely available at MA/PHD granting colleges, at libraries built before 1968, and at universities costing more than $34000 per year.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

PARTICIPANTS LIST   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Initial Development of Group Study Rooms   
Proximity of Group Study Rooms   
Quantity of Group Study Rooms in 2016   
Quantity of Group Study Rooms in 2017   
Quantity of Group Study Rooms in 2018   
Hours of Use of Group Work Spaces   
Annual Change in Use of Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Work Spaces Designed to Accommodate Six or More Individuals   
Most Popular Features of Group Work Spaces   
Most Criticized Features of Group Work Spaces   
Suggested Changes for Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Single Person Enclosed Study Rooms   
Availability of Whiteboards in Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Internet Access in Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Skype in Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Soundproofing in Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Ethernet Ports for Laptops in Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Desktop Computers in Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Display Screens in Group Work Spaces   
Availability of Digital Projectors in Group Work Spaces   
Most Desired Features of Group Work Spaces   
Locations of Group Work Spaces   
Renting Group Work Spaces to Outside Parties   
Most Successful Furniture for Group Work Spaces   
Use of Group Work Spaces by Academic Major   
Library Staff Use of Group Work Spaces   
Student Use of Group Work Spaces   
Faculty and Administration Use of Group Work Spaces   
Notice Required to Reserve a Group Work Space   
Maximum Daily Hours for Group Work Space Reservation   
Maximum Number of Individuals Allowed in Library’s Largest Group Study Space   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 How were group study rooms developed at your library? Choose the description that best approximates your situation.   
Table 1.2 How were group study rooms developed at your library? Choose the description that best approximates your situation. Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 1.3 How were group study rooms developed at your library? Choose the description that best approximates your situation. Broken out by enrollment   
Table 1.4 How were group study rooms developed at your library? Choose the description that best approximates your situation. Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 1.5 How were group study rooms developed at your library? Choose the description that best approximates your situation. Broken out by type of college   
Table 1.6 How were group study rooms developed at your library? Choose the description that best approximates your situation. Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 2.1 You will be giving data for:   
Table 2.2 You will be giving data for: Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 2.3 You will be giving data for: Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.4 You will be giving data for: Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 2.5 You will be giving data for: Broken out by type of college   
Table 2.6 You will be giving data for: Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 3 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in each of the following years?   
Table 3.1.1 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2016?   
Table 3.1.2 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2016? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 3.1.3 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2016? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.1.4 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2016? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 3.1.5 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2016? Broken out by type of college   
Table 3.1.6 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2016? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 3.2.1 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2017?   
Table 3.2.2 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2017? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 3.2.3 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2017? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.2.4 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2017? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 3.2.5 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2017? Broken out by type of college   
Table 3.2.6 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2017? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 3.3.1 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2018 (anticipated)?   
Table 3.3.2 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 3.3.3 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.3.4 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 3.3.5 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of college   
Table 3.3.6 How many group study rooms did/does your library offer in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 4.1 For how many total hours was group work space reserved in the last year?   
Table 4.2 For how many total hours was group work space reserved in the last year? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 4.3 For how many total hours was group work space reserved in the last year? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.4 For how many total hours was group work space reserved in the last year? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 4.5 For how many total hours was group work space reserved in the last year? Broken out by type of college   
Table 4.6 For how many total hours was group work space reserved in the last year? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
In terms of hours reserved, what was the annual rate of change of use of the library's group work space over the past year?   
Table 5.1 What percentage of your library's group study rooms are designed to comfortably seat 6 or more individuals?   
Table 5.2 What percentage of your library's group study rooms are designed to comfortably seat 6 or more individuals? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 5.3 What percentage of your library's group study rooms are designed to comfortably seat 6 or more individuals? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 5.4 What percentage of your library's group study rooms are designed to comfortably seat 6 or more individuals? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 5.5 What percentage of your library's group study rooms are designed to comfortably seat 6 or more individuals? Broken out by type of college   
Table 5.6 What percentage of your library's group study rooms are designed to comfortably seat 6 or more individuals? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
If you have done focus groups, surveys or otherwise debriefed library patrons about your library's group study rooms what are the features that they praise most consistently?   
If you have done focus groups, surveys or otherwise debriefed library patrons about your library's group study rooms what are the features that they criticize most consistently?   
If you had to design your group study rooms all over again what would you have done differently?   
Table 6.1 Does the library offer single person enclosed study rooms for individuals?   
Table 6.2 Does the library offer single person enclosed study rooms for individuals? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 6.3 Does the library offer single person enclosed study rooms for individuals? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.4 Does the library offer single person enclosed study rooms for individuals? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 6.5 Does the library offer single person enclosed study rooms for individuals? Broken out by type of college   
Table 6.6 Does the library offer single person enclosed study rooms for individuals? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 7 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in each of the following years?   
Table 7.1.1 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2016?   
Table 7.1.2 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2016? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 7.1.3 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2016? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 7.1.4 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2016? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 7.1.5 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2016? Broken out by type of college   
Table 7.1.6 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2016? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 7.2.1 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2017?   
Table 7.2.2 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2017? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 7.2.3 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2017? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 7.2.4 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2017? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 7.2.5 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2017? Broken out by type of college   
Table 7.2.6 If so how many such rooms for single individuals did the library offer in 2017? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 7.3.1 If so how many such rooms for single individuals will the library offer in 2018?   
Table 7.3.2 If so how many such rooms for single individuals will the library offer in 2018? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 7.3.3 If so how many such rooms for single individuals will the library offer in 2018? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 7.3.4 If so how many such rooms for single individuals will the library offer in 2018? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 7.3.5 If so how many such rooms for single individuals will the library offer in 2018? Broken out by type of college   
Table 7.3.6 If so how many such rooms for single individuals will the library offer in 2018? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with any of the following?   
Table 8.1.1 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Whiteboards?   
Table 8.1.2 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Whiteboards? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 8.1.3 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Whiteboards? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.1.4 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Whiteboards? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 8.1.5 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Whiteboards? Broken out by type of college   
Table 8.1.6 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Whiteboards? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8.2.1 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Internet Access?   
Table 8.2.2 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Internet Access? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 8.2.3 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Internet Access? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.2.4 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Internet Access? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 8.2.5 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Internet Access? Broken out by type of college   
Table 8.2.6 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Internet Access? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8.3.1 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Skype?   
Table 8.3.2 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Skype? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 8.3.3 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Skype? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.3.4 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Skype? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 8.3.5 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Skype? Broken out by type of college   
Table 8.3.6 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Skype? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8.4.1 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Soundproofing?   
Table 8.4.2 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Soundproofing? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 8.4.3 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Soundproofing? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.4.4 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Soundproofing? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 8.4.5 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Soundproofing? Broken out by type of college   
Table 8.4.6 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with Soundproofing? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8.5.1 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with ethernet ports for laptops?   
Table 8.5.2 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with ethernet ports for laptops? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 8.5.3 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with ethernet ports for laptops? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.5.4 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with ethernet ports for laptops? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 8.5.5 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with ethernet ports for laptops? Broken out by type of college   
Table 8.5.6 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with ethernet ports for laptops? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8.6.1 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with desktop computers?   
Table 8.6.2 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with desktop computers? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 8.6.3 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with desktop computers? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.6.4 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with desktop computers? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 8.6.5 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with desktop computers? Broken out by type of college   
Table 8.6.6 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with desktop computers? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8.7.1 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with display screens?   
Table 8.7.2 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with display screens? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 8.7.3 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with display screens? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.7.4 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with display screens? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 8.7.5 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with display screens? Broken out by type of college   
Table 8.7.6 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with display screens? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 8.8.1 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with digital projectors?   
Table 8.8.2 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with digital projectors? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 8.8.3 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with digital projectors? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 8.8.4 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with digital projectors? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 8.8.5 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with digital projectors? Broken out by type of college   
Table 8.8.6 What percentage of your group study rooms are equipped with digital projectors? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
As you develop your group work space what features or characteristics are you most anxious to add in the future?   
In which locations does your library or system of libraries have group study rooms?   
Table 9.1 Does the college ever rent out group study spaces to outside parties for a fee?   
What type of furniture do you feel has been most successful in your group study rooms? Why?   
By academic major or type of academic pursuit what kind of student uses the group workspaces in your library the most?   
Table 10 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by each of the following groups?   
Table 10.1.1 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Library Staff   
Table 10.1.2 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Library Staff? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 10.1.3 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Library Staff? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 10.1.4 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Library Staff? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 10.1.5 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Library Staff? Broken out by type of college   
Table 10.1.6 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Library Staff? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 10.2.1 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Students?   
Table 10.2.2 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Students? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 10.2.3 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Students? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 10.2.4 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Students? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 10.2.5 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Students? Broken out by type of college   
Table 10.2.6 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Students? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 10.3.1 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Faculty and Administration?   
Table 10.3.2 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Faculty and Administration? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 10.3.3 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Faculty and Administration? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 10.3.4 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Faculty and Administration? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 10.3.5 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Faculty and Administration? Broken out by type of college   
Table 10.3.6 What percentage of group study room use would you say is accounted for by Faculty and Administration? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 11.1 if reservations are required in advance, how long a period of advance notice is required to book a room? (in hours)   
Table 11.2 if reservations are required in advance, how long a period of advance notice is required to book a room? (in hours) Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 11.3 if reservations are required in advance, how long a period of advance notice is required to book a room? (in hours) Broken out by enrollment   
Table 11.4 if reservations are required in advance, how long a period of advance notice is required to book a room? (in hours) Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 11.5 if reservations are required in advance, how long a period of advance notice is required to book a room? (in hours) Broken out by type of college   
Table 11.6 if reservations are required in advance, how long a period of advance notice is required to book a room? (in hours) Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 12.1 What is the limit on the number of hours per day a private group workroom can be reserved?   
Table 12.2 What is the limit on the number of hours per day a private group workroom can be reserved? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 12.3 What is the limit on the number of hours per day a private group workroom can be reserved? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 12.4 What is the limit on the number of hours per day a private group workroom can be reserved? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 12.5 What is the limit on the number of hours per day a private group workroom can be reserved? Broken out by type of college   
Table 12.6 What is the limit on the number of hours per day a private group workroom can be reserved? Broken out by annual tuition, $   
Table 13.1 What is the maximum number of individuals allowed in your library's largest group study room?   
Table 13.2 What is the maximum number of individuals allowed in your library's largest group study room? Broken out by public or private status of the college   
Table 13.3 What is the maximum number of individuals allowed in your library's largest group study room? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 13.4 What is the maximum number of individuals allowed in your library's largest group study room? Broken out by date of construction of the main library building   
Table 13.5 What is the maximum number of individuals allowed in your library's largest group study room? Broken out by type of college   
Table 13.6 What is the maximum number of individuals allowed in your library's largest group study room? Broken out by annual tuition, $   

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