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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for Virtual Reality Technology in the Library

  • ID: 4791049
  • Report
  • Region: United States
  • 35 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This report presents data from 116 academic library directors, deans and other high-level officials about their use of and plans for the use of virtual reality technology in the library. The study furnishes detailed data on the percentage of libraries who consider virtual reality a priority for their libraries, and to what extent.  It includes data on academic library spending on virtual technology over the past two years, and plans for spending over the next two years.   The study also looks at the type of equipment desired by the libraries, and the departments of the library entrusted with virtual reality technology development.

Survey participants also discuss the subject disciplines and other college and university departments most interested in using virtual reality technology in or from the library. The study’s findings are highlighted in 28 tables and 12 graphs and charts.

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

  • Male directors and deans were more interested than female directors and deans in developing virtual reality technology.
  • Close to 14% of respondents said that their library technology lending programs included virtual reality goggles or other virtual reality technology.
  • Survey participants expected virtual reality spending to more than double over the next two years.
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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

2. LIST OF THE INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS   

3. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SAMPLE   

4. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   

  • How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons?
  • Demographics
  • Institution characteristics
  • About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years?
  • Demographics
  • Institution characteristics
  • About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years?
  • Demographics
  • Institution characteristics
  • Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia?
  • Demographics
  • Institution characteristics
  • Which departments and units of the library have been entrusted with developing the library's virtual reality capabilities?
  • What kinds of equipment, and in what areas or disciplines, does the library plan to develop its virtual reality capabilities?

5. DATA AND COMMENTARY   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons?   
Table 1.2 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons? Broken out personal age range   
Table 1.3 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons?? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 1.4 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons?? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
Table 1.5 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 1.6 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 1.7 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.1 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years?   
Table 2.2 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years? Broken out personal age range   
Table 2.3 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.4 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
Table 2.5 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.6 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 2.7 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.1 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years?   
Table 3.2 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years? Broken out personal age range   
Table 3.3 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 3.4 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
Table 3.5 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.6 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 3.7 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 4.1 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia?   
Table 4.2 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia? Broken out personal age range   
Table 4.3 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.4 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
Table 4.5 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.6 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia? Broken out by tuition, $   
Table 4.7 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Which departments and units of the library have been entrusted with developing the library's virtual reality capabilities? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   
What kinds of equipment, and in what areas or disciplines, does the library plan to develop its virtual reality capabilities? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   

List of Charts
Chart 1.1 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons?   
Chart 1.2 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Chart 1.3 How high a priority is it for your library to make virtual reality technology available to patrons? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   

Chart 2.1 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years?   
Chart 2.2 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Chart 2.3 About how much (in US $) would you say the library has spent on virtual reality technology over the past two years? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   

Chart 3.1 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years?   
Chart 3.2 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Chart 3.3 About how much (in US $) does the library plan to spend on virtual reality technology in the next two years? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college   

Chart 4.1 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia?   
Chart 4.2 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Chart 4.3 Does the library technology lending program include virtual reality goggles and/or other virtual reality paraphernalia? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college

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