Survey of Academic Library Upper Management: View of Library Role in Providing Textbooks

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  • Report
  • 42 pages
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The report presents data and commentary about the library role in textbook provision from a survey of 84 high level academic library executives drawn from 53 colleges and universities, primarily from the USA.  The study gives highly detailed data on the extent of the library role in textbook provision, opinions of the likely growth or retraction of the library role, as well as the library role in open access textbooks and textbook substitutes.  The study also gives precise data on the exact sums that libraries are spending on textbooks and how many enjoy special funding from college administrations or academic departments for print, digital commercial or open access textbooks.

About half of the sample are library directors and the rest are predominantly deans and university librarians and their immediate associate or assistant officers, as well as major department heads and directors.  Data in the report is broken out by many criteria including work title, age, salary level, gender and academic background of the survey participant, as well as Carnegie class, tuition, enrollment size, regional location and public/private status of the survey participants’ college or university.

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

  • There were substantial differences between public colleges and universities versus private ones.  Almost three times more public colleges and universities than private ones reported that the library was involved in textbook acquisition for students.
  • Not a single research university in the sample expected that the library role in textbook provision would be reduced in the near future.
  • 12.5% of junior college libraries sampled were receiving special disbursements from the college administration in order to more easily afford to provide textbooks.
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  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Brenau University
  • Longwood University
  • Marist College
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   
INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS   
Characteristics of the Sample   
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Level of the Library’s Involvement in Textbook Provision   
Perception of the Library Role in Textbook Provision in the Near Future   
Current Level of Academic Library Spending on Textbooks   
Receipt of Special Supplementary Funds from the College Administration or Particular Academic Departments

List of Tables   
Table 1.1 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students?   
Table 1.2 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 1.3 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out by academic degree or field of study of the survey participant   
Table 1.4 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 1.5 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 1.6 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
Table 1.7 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 1.8 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out by undergraduate tuition, $   
Table 1.9 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out by the regional location of the college   
Table 1.10 What is your view of your library’s role in textbook acquisition for students? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.1 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students?   
Table 2.2 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 2.3 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out by academic degree or field of study of the survey participant   
Table 2.4 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 2.5 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.6 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
Table 2.7 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.8 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out by undergraduate tuition, $   
Table 2.9 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out by the regional location of the college   
Table 2.10 Do you think that in the near future the library will increase or decrease its role in furnishing or helping to furnish textbooks for students? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.1 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year?   
Table 3.2 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 3.3 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out by academic degree or field of study of the survey participant   
Table 3.4 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 3.5 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 3.6 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
Table 3.7 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.8 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out by undergraduate tuition, $   
Table 3.9 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out by the regional location of the college   
Table 3.10 Approximately how much did the library spend (in US$) on print and electronic versions of textbooks in the past year? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 4.1 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing?   
Table 4.2 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out by work title of the survey participant   
Table 4.3 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out by academic degree or field of study of the survey participant   
Table 4.4 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 4.5 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.6 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
Table 4.7 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.8 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out by undergraduate tuition, $   
Table 4.9 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out by the regional location of the college   
Table 4.10 Has the library received supplementary funds from the administration or particular academic departments for textbook purchasing or licensing? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Has the library committed staff time resources or financial support to help faculty and others to develop open access textbooks or other educational materials?  If so briefly comment on how. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college

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