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Survey of Academic Library Upper Management - View of Use of Student Workers in the Library

  • ID: 4745942
  • Report
  • 50 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The 50-page report presents data from 84 academic library directors, university librarians, library deans and other high level library executives about their experiences with and plans for student workers in the library.  The study gives detailed data on the total number of students workers per library, and their full time equivalent count.  It also gives librarian satisfaction data with the overall performance of their student workers, and their level of satisfaction with the training regime in place.  In addition, the librarians sampled give their opinion on whether they plan to use more, less, or about the same amount of student labor in the library in the near future.  They also give their advice on how to select, train, motivate and deploy student workers.

The data in the report is broken out by a broad range of variables including but not limited to the gender and salary level of the survey respondent, and the general Carnegie class, enrollment size, annual tuition, public/private status and regional location of the survey respondent’s college or university.

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

Respondents reported a wide range of number of students employed; the maximum was 224, the minimum was 0, the median was 15, and the mean was approximately 30.
Many respondents stressed the importance of good training for student laborers; many suggested having a checklist, handbook, and/or rubric to ensure that all students receive the right training. Many also suggested, “Planned instruction and orientation, frequent reviews, frequent meetings to reinforce expectations, regular performance reviews.”
Junior colleges in the sample maintained  a mean of 1.85 full time equivalent positions for student workers.

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INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS
Characteristics of the Sample

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Number of Students Employed by the Library
Full Time Equivalent Count of the Students Employed by the Library
Plans to Increase or Decrease the Number of Students Working in the Library
Novel of Particularly Beneficial Ways to Use Student Labor in the Library
Evaluating the Quality of the Library’s Training of Student Workers
Advice for Peers on Recruiting, Training and Deploying Student Workers in the Library

List of Tables
Table 1.1 Approximately how many students does the library employ?
Table 1.2 Approximately how many students does the library employ? Broken out for public and private colleges
Table 1.3 Approximately how many students does the library employ? Broken out by Carnegie class or type ofcollege
Table 1.4 Approximately how many students does the library employ? Broken out by enrollment
Table 1.5 Approximately how many students does the library employ? Broken out by tuition, $
Table 1.6 Approximately how many students does the library employ? Broken out by the location of the college
Table 1.7 Approximately how many students does the library employ? Broken out by gender of the surveyparticipant
Table 1.8 Approximately how many students does the library employ? Broken out by annual salary range of thesurvey participant
Table 2.1 What is the full time equivalent count of the library’s student workers?
Table 2.2 What is the full time equivalent count of the library’s student workers? Broken out for public andprivate colleges
Table 2.3 What is the full time equivalent count of the library’s student workers? Broken out by Carnegie class ortype of college
Table 2.4 What is the full time equivalent count of the library’s student workers? Broken out by enrollment
Table 2.5 What is the full time equivalent count of the library’s student workers? Broken out by tuition, $
Table 2.6 What is the full time equivalent count of the library’s student workers? Broken out by the location of thecollege
Table 2.7 What is the full time equivalent count of the library’s student workers? Broken out by gender of thesurvey participant
Table 2.8 What is the full time equivalent count of the library’s student workers? Broken out by annual salaryrange of the survey participant
Table 3.1 Do you plan to increase, decrease or maintain the overall amount of total work hours provided by studentworkers over the next two years?
Table 3.2 Do you plan to increase, decrease or maintain the overall amount of total work hours provided by studentworkers over the next two years? Broken out for public andprivate colleges
Table 3.3 Do you plan to increase, decrease or maintain the overall amount of total work hours provided by studentworkers over the next two years? Broken out by Carnegieclass or type of college
Table 3.4 Do you plan to increase, decrease or maintain the overall amount of total work hours provided by studentworkers over the next two years? Broken out by enrollment
Table 3.5 Do you plan to increase, decrease or maintain the overall amount of total work hours provided by studentworkers over the next two years? Broken out by tuition, $
Table 3.6 Do you plan to increase, decrease or maintain the overall amount of total work hours provided by studentworkers over the next two years? Broken out by the location of the college
Table 3.7 Do you plan to increase, decrease or maintain the overall amount of total work hours provided by studentworkers over the next two years? Broken out by gender ofthe survey participant
Table 3.8 Do you plan to increase, decrease or maintain the overall amount of total work hours provided by studentworkers over the next two years? Broken out by annual salary range of the survey participant If you have used student labor in novel or particularlybeneficial ways, list and comment on them below. Brokenout by Carnegie class or type of college
Table 4.1 How would you evaluate the quality of your library’s practices in training student labor for the library?
Table 4.2 How would you evaluate the quality of your library’s practices in training student labor for the library?Broken out for public and private colleges
Table 4.3 How would you evaluate the quality of your library’s practices in training student labor for the library?Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college
Table 4.4 How would you evaluate the quality of your library’s practices in training student labor for the library?Broken out by enrollment
Table 4.5 How would you evaluate the quality of your library’s practices in training student labor for the library?Broken out by tuition, $
Table 4.6 How would you evaluate the quality of your library’s practices in training student labor for the library?Broken out by the location of the college
Table 4.7 How would you evaluate the quality of your library’s practices in training student labor for the library?Broken out by gender of the survey participant
Table 4.8 How would you evaluate the quality of your library’s practices in training student labor for the library?Broken out by annual salary range of the survey participantWhat advice can you offer to your peers about recruiting,training and deploying student workers in the academiclibrary? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college

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