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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for Fixed Computer Workstations

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The study looks closely at academic library plans for fixed workstations in the age of mobile computing.  It helps to answer questions such as: are libraries planning to maintain, increase or cut back on the number of fixed workstations? Which suppliers are they planning to use in the future? Which brands? What percentage of their fixed workstations are for personnel and what percentage for patrons?  How many are used in Infocommons and other specialized rooms and applications and how many are for general patron or staff use?  What kind of features, software or applications are they supplied with?

The report is based on a survey of 84 academic library directors, deans and provosts; data is broken out for college enrollment, public/private status, college tuition level, type or Carnegie class of college and numerous personal characteristics of the survey participants.

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

  • Research universities in the sample maintained a mean of nearly 48 fixed workstation computers exclusively for use by library staff.
  • Junior colleges were most likely to report recently added group workstations and plans to add more collaborative spaces.
  • Maximum spending in the past year on library computer workstations by any college in the sample with more than 10,500 enrolled students was $150,000.
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SURVEY OF ACADEMIC LIBRARY UPPER MANAGEMENT: PLANS FOR FIXED COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS   
THE QUESTIONNAIRE   
PARTICIPANTS LIST   
Characteristics of the Sample   
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Number of Fixed Computer Workstations in the Library   
Number of Fixed Computer Workstations Maintained for Exclusive Library Staff Access   
Increase or Decrease in the Number of Fixed Computer Workstations for Patron Access   
Plans for Fixed Workstations for Patron Access   
Changes Made to the Library’s Fixed Workstations and Plans for Future Changes   
Percentage of Total Stock of Fixed Workstations Accounted for by those in Infocommons or other Specialized Work Rooms or Areas   
Percentage of Fixed Workstations Exclusively for Catalog Searching   
Spending in the Past Year on New or Replacement Fixed Workstations   

List of Tables
Table 1.1.1 What is the number of fixed workstations for patron access do you have in your library primarily for patron access?   
Table 1.1.2 How many fixed workstations primarily for patron access does the library maintain? Broken out for public and private colleges/universities   
Table 1.1.3 How many fixed workstations primarily for patron access does the library maintain? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the college/university   
Table 1.1.4 How many fixed workstations primarily for patron access does the library maintain? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 1.1.5 How many fixed workstations primarily for patron access does the library maintain? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 1.1.6 How many fixed workstations primarily for patron access does the library maintain? Broken out by the location of the college/university   
Table 1.1.7 How many fixed workstations primarily for patron access does the library maintain? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.1.8 How many fixed workstations primarily for patron access does the library maintain? Broken out by annual salary of the survey participant   
Table 1.2.1 What is the number of fixed workstations for staff access exclusively do you have in your library primarily for staff exclusively?   
Table 1.2.2 How many fixed workstations exclusively for staff access does the library maintain? Broken out for public and private colleges/universities   
Table 1.2.3 How many fixed workstations exclusively for staff access does the library maintain? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the college/university   
Table 1.2.4 How many fixed workstations exclusively for staff access does the library maintain? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 1.2.5 How many fixed workstations exclusively for staff access does the library maintain? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 1.2.6 How many fixed workstations exclusively for staff access does the library maintain? Broken out by the location of the college/university   
Table 1.2.7 How many fixed workstations exclusively for staff access does the library maintain? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.2.8 How many fixed workstations exclusively for staff access does the library maintain? Broken out by annual salary of the survey participant   
Table 2.1 Over the past two years has your library increased, decreased or maintained the same the number of workstations primarily for public access?   
Table 2.2 Over the past two years has your library increased, decreased or maintained the same the number of workstations primarily for public access? Broken out for public and private colleges/universities   
Table 2.3 Over the past two years has your library increased, decreased or maintained the same the number of workstations primarily for public access? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the college/university   
Table 2.4 Over the past two years has your library increased, decreased or maintained the same the number of workstations primarily for public access? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.5 Over the past two years has your library increased, decreased or maintained the same the number of workstations primarily for public access? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 2.6 Over the past two years has your library increased, decreased or maintained the same the number of workstations primarily for public access? Broken out by the location of the college/university   
Table 2.7 Over the past two years has your library increased, decreased or maintained the same the number of workstations primarily for public access? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.8 Over the past two years has your library increased, decreased or maintained the same the number of workstations primarily for public access? Broken out by annual salary of the survey participant   
Table 3.1 Over the next two years will you increase or decrease the stock of fixed workstations primarily for patron access or will it likely remain the same?   
Table 3.2 Over the next two years will you increase or decrease the stock of fixed workstations primarily for patron access or will it likely remain the same? Broken out for public and private colleges/universities   
Table 3.3 Over the next two years will you increase or decrease the stock of fixed workstations primarily for patron access or will it likely remain the same? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the college/university   
Table 3.4 Over the next two years will you increase or decrease the stock of fixed workstations primarily for patron access or will it likely remain the same? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.5 Over the next two years will you increase or decrease the stock of fixed workstations primarily for patron access or will it likely remain the same? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 3.6 Over the next two years will you increase or decrease the stock of fixed workstations primarily for patron access or will it likely remain the same? Broken out by the location of the college/university   
Table 3.7 Over the next two years will you increase or decrease the stock of fixed workstations primarily for patron access or will it likely remain the same? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.8 Over the next two years will you increase or decrease the stock of fixed workstations primarily for patron access or will it likely remain the same? Broken out by annual salary of the survey participant   
What have you changed about your library’s fixed workstations over the past few years and what might you expect to change over the next two years in terms of software offerings, number of workstations, positioning in the library, mix of hardware types and anything else worth pointing out. Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the college/university   
Table 4.1 Approximately what percentage of your library's fixed workstations are found in specialized library technology rooms or "information commons" or other type of specialized library rooms or areas?   
Table 4.2 Approximately what percentage of your library's fixed workstations are found in specialized library technology rooms or "information commons" or other type of specialized library rooms or areas? Broken out for public and private colleges/universities   
Table 4.3 Approximately what percentage of your library's fixed workstations are found in specialized library technology rooms or "information commons" or other type of specialized library rooms or areas? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the college/university   
Table 4.4 Approximately what percentage of your library's fixed workstations are found in specialized library technology rooms or "information commons" or other type of specialized library rooms or areas? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.5 Approximately what percentage of your library's fixed workstations are found in specialized library technology rooms or "information commons" or other type of specialized library rooms or areas? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 4.6 Approximately what percentage of your library's fixed workstations are found in specialized library technology rooms or "information commons" or other type of specialized library rooms or areas? Broken out by the location of the college/university   
Table 4.7 Approximately what percentage of your library's fixed workstations are found in specialized library technology rooms or "information commons" or other type of specialized library rooms or areas? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 4.8 Approximately what percentage of your library's fixed workstations are found in specialized library technology rooms or "information commons" or other type of specialized library rooms or areas? Broken out by annual salary of the survey participant   
Table 5.1 What percentage of your library's fixed workstations are exclusively for library catalog searching?   
Table 5.2 What percentage of your library's fixed workstations are exclusively for library catalog searching? Broken out for public and private colleges/universities   
Table 5.3 What percentage of your library's fixed workstations are exclusively for library catalog searching? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the college/university   
Table 5.4 What percentage of your library's fixed workstations are exclusively for library catalog searching? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 5.5 What percentage of your library's fixed workstations are exclusively for library catalog searching? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 5.6 What percentage of your library's fixed workstations are exclusively for library catalog searching? Broken out by the location of the college/university   
Table 5.7 What percentage of your library's fixed workstations are exclusively for library catalog searching? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 5.8 What percentage of your library's fixed workstations are exclusively for library catalog searching? Broken out by annual salary of the survey participant   
Table 6.1 How much did the library spend (in US$) in the past year on new or replacement fixed workstations?   
Table 6.2 How much did the library spend (in US$) in the past year on new or replacement fixed workstations? Broken out for public and private colleges/universities   
Table 6.3 How much did the library spend (in US$) in the past year on new or replacement fixed workstations? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of the college/university   
Table 6.4 How much did the library spend (in US$) in the past year on new or replacement fixed workstations? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.5 How much did the library spend (in US$) in the past year on new or replacement fixed workstations? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 6.6 How much did the library spend (in US$) in the past year on new or replacement fixed workstations? Broken out by the location of the college/university   
Table 6.7 How much did the library spend (in US$) in the past year on new or replacement fixed workstations? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 6.8 How much did the library spend (in US$) in the past year on new or replacement fixed workstations? Broken out by annual salary of the survey participant

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