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Survey of American College Students: Use of Workstations vs Mobile Computing in the Academic Library, 2018 Edition

  • ID: 4587515
  • Report
  • Region: United States
  • 73 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This study, based on survey results from a representative sample of 1,099 students at 80 US colleges and universities, presents detailed data on the extent to which students use workstations provided by their academic libraries, or their own mobile computing devices, in the academic library.  The report also looks at student satisfaction with the time spent waiting for computer workstations, their feelings about the number and availability of workstations in the library, and whether or not they feel their library needs more workstations.  The study also presents specific numeric data on the percentage of time that students spend accessing online resources in the library accounted for by access through library workstations or through students’ mobile computing devices.

An open-ended question reveals what specific hardware and software technologies, and other information technology resources, that students would like to see, or see more of, in their academic libraries.

Data in the report is presented in the aggregate and then broken out separately for fifteen different variables including but not limited to: college grades, gender, income level, year of college standing, SAT/ACT scores, regional origin, age, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity, college major and other personal variables, and by Carnegie class, enrollment size and public/private status of the survey participants institutions of higher education.

Just a few of this 73-page report’s many findings are that:

  • For institutions with more than 16,500 students enrolled (FTE), 17.65% of students have always or often to wait for an available workstation.
  • Females were much more likely than men to use their own devices in the library;
  • Students raised abroad were much more likely than those raised in the USA to use library workstations extensively.
  • Students in the fine and performing arts are much more likely than those in other majors and subject areas to use library workstations.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE
Characteristics of the Sample

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Student Experience of Waiting Time to Use Library Workstations
Percentage of Student Time Spent Using Online Library Resources Accounted for by Use of One’s Own Mobile Access Device Rather than Library-Supplied Workstations
Student Evaluation of the Need for More Library Supplied Workstations
Student Description of their Time Spent Using their own Mobile Access Devices Vs. Time
Spent Using Library-Supplied Workstations
Student Suggestions on Adding New Workstation or Software Technology

List of Tables
Table 1.1 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? 
Table 1.2 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 1.3 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 1.4 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 1.5 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 1.6 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 1.7 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 1.8 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by approximate student family annual income
Table 1.9 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 1.10 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 1.11 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 1.12 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 1.13 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 1.14 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 1.15 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 1.16 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 1.17 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant    Survey of American College Students:  Use of Workstations vs. Mobile Computing in the Academic Library, 2018 Edition 
Table 1.18 When you need to find a workstation to use in your college library do you find that? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 2.1 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? 
Table 2.2 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 2.3 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment
Table 2.4 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 2.5 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 2.6 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 2.7 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 2.8 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 2.9 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 2.10 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 2.11 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 2.12 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 2.13 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 2.14 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 2.15 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 2.16 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant     Survey of American College Students:  Use of Workstations vs. Mobile Computing in the Academic Library, 2018 Edition 
Table 2.17 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 2.18 About what percentage of the time you spend using library online resources in the library are you using your own mobile device to access the information? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 3.1 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? 
Table 3.2 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution 
Table 3.3 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 3.4 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 3.5 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 3.6 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 3.7 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 3.8 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 3.9 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 3.10 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 3.11 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 3.12 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant  
Table 3.13 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 3.14 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 3.15 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 3.16 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 3.17 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 3.18 The number of workstations or portals to access the internet at your college library is sufficient? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 4.1 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? 
Table 4.2 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by Carnegie class of survey participant’s institution. Survey of American College Students:  Use of Workstations vs. Mobile Computing in the Academic Library, 2018 Edition 
Table 4.3 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by Institutional Enrollment 
Table 4.4 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.5 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 4.6 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 4.7 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 4.8 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by approximate student family annual income
Table 4.9 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 4.10 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 4.11 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 4.12 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 4.13 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 4.14 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 4.15 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 4.16 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 4.17 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 4.18 Which phrase best describes how you use computers in the library? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant  What workstation or software technology should your library add or expand? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant  

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