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Survey of Law School Faculty: Evaluation of the Law Library, 2020 Edition

  • ID: 4850466
  • Report
  • 113 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Albany Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Drexel University
  • MU School of Law
  • UNC School of Law
  • UNLV Boyd School of Law
  • MORE

This 113-page study presents data from a survey of 107 law faculty and administration from more than 60 law schools in the United States and Canada about how they feel about their law school libraries.  The report updates our earlier report on the same subject, published in 2016. 

The study presents detailed data on overall satisfaction with the law library and with many distinct facets and features of the library and library staff.  Unique data sets are available on satisfaction with interlibrary loan, group study rooms, database range and availability, information technology, information literacy training, eBook collections, journal collections, and much more.  In addition, the report presents answers to open ended questions about what faculty would like to see more – or less of – in their libraries. 

The report also gives distinct data on the percentage of faculty who approach law librarians by phone, email, text, social media, in-person and through other means.

The study also looks closely at information using habits of law faculty, pinpointing the frequency of use of West, LexisNexis, Google Scholar, HeinOnline and Bloomberg Law and furnishing highly useful benchmarks for law librarians to use with their own statistics and internal surveys.

The report gives highly specific micro-data on use of particular resources but also gives macro data on the percentage of faculty who feel that their libraries are fun productivity and the percentage that would support an increase in the library budget – and to support which projects or resources.

Data in the report is broken out by size of law school, law school ranking, for public and private law schools, and by work title and gender of the respondent.

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

  • Faculty in top ranked law schools were far less likely than those in lower ranked schools to think of themselves as highly proficient in legal information searching.
  • More than 91% of professors in the sample have asked a law librarian for assistance in the past year.
  • Only 6.54% of the sample had contacted a law librarian by text message in the past year.
  • Faculty was more likely than management and older faculty more likely than younger faculty to view the law library as productive and efficient.
  • Nearly 80% of survey respondents felt that the speed of response from librarians to faculty requests was excellent.
  • 5.61% of those surveyed use Bloomberg Law virtually every day.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Albany Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Drexel University
  • MU School of Law
  • UNC School of Law
  • UNLV Boyd School of Law
  • MORE

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS OF THE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS   

  • Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   

  • Conducting legal information searches and using legal information sources   
  • Asking library staff for assistance   
  • Asking for Help in the Library or from Outside the Library   
  • Frequency of visits to the law library   
  • Contacting a law librarian in any way   
  • Contact with a law librarian by phone   
  • Contact by text message   
  • Contact a law librarian by email   
  • Contact through a library chat service   
  • Contact through social media   
  • Contact by Skype, What’s APP, Viber and the like   
  • Time spent in the law library   
  • Law library’s level of efficiency compared to other departments   
  • Features most liked about institution’s law library   
  • Greatest deficiency of the school’s library   
  • Views on hiring more librarians   
  • Views on the advisability of increasing the library budget   
  • Quality ratings of various facets of law school library   
  • View of Quality of Legal Information Databases   
  • Quality rating of group study rooms   
  • Quality rating of training to master legal information searching   
  • Quality rating of librarians   
  • Quality and range ratings of legal journals available   
  • Quality rating of legal research and information literacy training   
  • Quality rating of overall library staff speed in responding to requests   
  • Quality rating of cost effectiveness of maintaining the library   
  • Quality rating of overall efficiency of course reserves process   
  • Rating of hours of availability   
  • Quality rating of information technology   
  • Quality rating of overall level of physical comfort in the library   
  • Rating of overall noise level in the library   
  • Rating of overall range of eBooks available   
  • Rating of overall librarian’s knowledge of law   
  • Rating of overall inter-library loan capabilities   
  • Rating ease of finding resources   
  • Frequency of resource use   
  • Use of Bloomberg Law   
  • Use of Findlaw   
  • Use of Google Scholar   
  • Use of LexisNexis   
  • Use of West   
  • Defining what are the most critical information resources   
  • What would make the library better?   

Table 1.1 How skilled are you with in conducting legal information searches and using legal information sources?   
Table 1.2 How skilled are you with in conducting legal information searches and using legal information sources? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 1.3 How skilled are you with in conducting legal information searches and using legal information sources? Broken out by work title   
Table 1.4 How skilled are you with in conducting legal information searches and using legal information sources? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 1.5 How skilled are you with in conducting legal information searches and using legal information sources? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 1.6 How skilled are you with in conducting legal information searches and using legal information sources? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 2.1 Have you asked a law library librarian or other library personnel for assistance of any kind in the past year?   
Table 2.2 Have you asked a law library librarian or other library personnel for assistance of any kind in the past year? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 2.3 Have you asked a law library librarian or other library personnel for assistance of any kind in the past year? Broken out by work title   
Table 2.4 Have you asked a law library librarian or other library personnel for assistance of any kind in the past year? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 2.5 Have you asked a law library librarian or other library personnel for assistance of any kind in the past year? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 2.6 Have you asked a law library librarian or other library personnel for assistance of any kind in the past year? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 3.1 If so, how many times have you asked for assistance of any kind? (in person or from a non-library location)   
Table 3.2 If so, how many times have you asked for assistance of any kind? (in person or from a non-library location) Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 3.3 If so, how many times have you asked for assistance of any kind? (in person or from a non-library location) Broken out by work title   
Table 3.4 If so, how many times have you asked for assistance of any kind? (in person or from a non-library location) Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 3.5 If so, how many times have you asked for assistance of any kind? (in person or from a non-library location) Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 3.6 If so, how many times have you asked for assistance of any kind? (in person or from a non-library location) Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 4.1 How many times per month would you say that you visit the law library's physical location?   
Table 4.2 How many times per month would you say that you visit the law library's physical location? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 4.3 How many times per month would you say that you visit the law library's physical location? Broken out by work title   
Table 4.4 How many times per month would you say that you visit the law library's physical location? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 4.5 How many times per month would you say that you visit the law library's physical location? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 4.6 How many times per month would you say that you visit the law library's physical location? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 5 In the past year, to the best of your knowledge, have you contacted a law librarian in any of the following ways: (check all that apply)   
Table 5.1.1 Have you contacted a law librarian in person in the past year?   
Table 5.1.2 Have you contacted a law librarian in person in the past year? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 5.1.3 Have you contacted a law librarian in person in the past year? Broken out by work title   
Table 5.1.4 Have you contacted a law librarian in person in the past year? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 5.1.5 Have you contacted a law librarian in person in the past year? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 5.1.6 Have you contacted a law librarian in person in the past year? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 5.2.1 Have you contacted a law librarian by phone in the past year?   
Table 5.2.2 Have you contacted a law librarian by phone in the past year? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 5.2.3 Have you contacted a law librarian by phone in the past year? Broken out by work title   
Table 5.2.4 Have you contacted a law librarian by phone in the past year? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 5.2.5 Have you contacted a law librarian by phone in the past year? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 5.2.6 Have you contacted a law librarian by phone in the past year? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 5.3.1 Have you contacted a law librarian by text message in the past year?   
Table 5.3.2 Have you contacted a law librarian by text message in the past year? Broken out by law school ranking  
Table 5.3.3 Have you contacted a law librarian by text message in the past year? Broken out by work title   
Table 5.3.4 Have you contacted a law librarian by text message in the past year? Broken out by age of survey respondent   

Table 5.3.5 Have you contacted a law librarian by text message in the past year? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 5.3.6 Have you contacted a law librarian by text message in the past year? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 5.4.1 Have you contacted a law librarian by email in the past year?   
Table 5.4.2 Have you contacted a law librarian by email in the past year? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 5.4.3 Have you contacted a law librarian by email in the past year? Broken out by work title   
Table 5.4.4 Have you contacted a law librarian by email in the past year? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 5.4.5 Have you contacted a law librarian by email in the past year? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 5.4.6 Have you contacted a law librarian by email in the past year? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 5.5.1 Have you contacted a law librarian through a library chat service in the past year?   
Table 5.5.2 Have you contacted a law librarian through a library chat service in the past year? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 5.5.3 Have you contacted a law librarian through a library chat service in the past year? Broken out by work title   
Table 5.5.4 Have you contacted a law librarian through a library chat service in the past year? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 5.5.5 Have you contacted a law librarian through a library chat service in the past year? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 5.5.6 Have you contacted a law librarian through a library chat service in the past year? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 5.6.1 Have you contacted a law librarian through social media such as Facebook or LinkedIn in the past year?   
Table 5.7.1 Have you contacted a law librarian by Skype, What's APP, Viber or similar service in the past year?   
Table 6.1 How much time (in hours) did you spend in the law library in the past week?   
Table 6.2 How much time (in hours) did you spend in the law library in the past week? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 6.3 How much time (in hours) did you spend in the law library in the past week? Broken out by work title   
Table 6.4 How much time (in hours) did you spend in the law library in the past week? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 6.5 How much time (in hours) did you spend in the law library in the past week? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 6.6 How much time (in hours) did you spend in the law library in the past week? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 7.1 Your institution's law library is generally more efficient, less efficient or about as efficient as other departments at your law school?   
Table 7.2 Your institution's law library is generally more efficient, less efficient or about as efficient as other departments at your law school? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 7.3 Your institution's law library is generally more efficient, less efficient or about as efficient as other departments at your law school? Broken out by work title   
Table 7.4 Your institution's law library is generally more efficient, less efficient or about as efficient as other departments at your law school? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 7.5 Your institution's law library is generally more efficient, less efficient or about as efficient as other departments at your law school? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 7.6 Your institution's law library is generally more efficient, less efficient or about as efficient as other departments at your law school? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
What is the single thing you like most about your institution's law library? Broken out by law school ranking   
What is your law school library's great deficiency? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 8.1 Hiring more librarians for full or part time work at your school would be a good or bad investment for your law school?   
Table 8.2 Hiring more librarians for full or part time work at your school would be a good or bad investment for your law school? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 8.3 Hiring more librarians for full or part time work at your school would be a good or bad investment for your law school? Broken out by work title   
Table 8.4 Hiring more librarians for full or part time work at your school would be a good or bad investment for your law school? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 8.5 Hiring more librarians for full or part time work at your school would be a good or bad investment for your law school? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 8.6 Hiring more librarians for full or part time work at your school would be a good or bad investment for your law school? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 9.1 Your law school should increase or decrease the library budget?   
Table 9.2 Your law school should increase or decrease the library budget? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 9.3 Your law school should increase or decrease the library budget? Broken out by work title   
Table 9.4 Your law school should increase or decrease the library budget? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 9.5 Your law school should increase or decrease the library budget? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 9.6 Your law school should increase or decrease the library budget? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10 Rate the overall quality of the following facets of your law school library:   
Table 10.1.1 Rate the overall quality of range of databases available facets of your law school library   
Table 10.1.2 Rate the overall quality of range of databases available facets of your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.1.3 Rate the overall quality of range of databases available facets of your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.1.4 Rate the overall quality of range of databases available facets of your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.1.5 Rate the overall quality of range of databases available facets of your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.1.6 Rate the overall quality of range of databases available facets of your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.2.1 Rate the overall availability and quality of group study rooms available in your law school library   
Table 10.2.2 Rate the overall availability and quality of group study rooms available in your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.2.3 Rate the overall availability and quality of group study rooms available in your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.2.4 Rate the overall availability and quality of group study rooms available in your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.2.5 Rate the overall availability and quality of group study rooms available in your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.2.6 Rate the overall availability and quality of group study rooms available in your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled  
Table 10.3.1 Rate the overall quality of training to master legal info searching available in your law school library   
Table 10.3.2 Rate the overall quality of training to master legal info searching available in your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.3.3 Rate the overall quality of training to master legal info searching available in your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.3.4 Rate the overall quality of training to master legal info searching available in your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.3.5 Rate the overall quality of training to master legal info searching available in your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.3.6 Rate the overall quality of training to master legal info searching available in your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.4.1 Rate the overall quality of the school's librarians available in your law school library  
Table 10.4.2 Rate the overall quality of the school's librarians available in your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.4.3 Rate the overall quality of the school's librarians available in your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.4.4 Rate the overall quality of the school's librarians available in your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent  
Table 10.4.5 Rate the overall quality of the school's librarians available in your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.4.6 Rate the overall quality of the school's librarians available in your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.5.1 Rate the overall range and quality of legal journals available in your law school library   
Table 10.5.2 Rate the overall range and quality of legal journals available in your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.5.3 Rate the overall range and quality of legal journals available in your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.5.4 Rate the overall range and quality of legal journals available in your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.5.5 Rate the overall range and quality of legal journals available in your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.5.6 Rate the overall range and quality of legal journals available in your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.6.1 Rate the overall legal research and information literacy training for students available in your law school library   

Table 10.6.2 Rate the overall legal research and information literacy training for students available in your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.6.3 Rate the overall legal research and information literacy training for students available in your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.6.4 Rate the overall legal research and information literacy training for students available in your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.6.5 Rate the overall legal research and information literacy training for students available in your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.6.6 Rate the overall legal research and information literacy training for students available in your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.7.1 Rate the overall library staff speed in responding to requests   
Table 10.7.2 Rate the overall library staff speed in responding to requests  Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.7.3 Rate the overall library staff speed in responding to requests  Broken out by work title   
Table 10.7.4 Rate the overall library staff speed in responding to requests  Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.7.5 Rate the overall library staff speed in responding to requests  Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.7.6 Rate the overall library staff speed in responding to requests  Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.8.1 Rate the overall cost effectiveness of maintaining the library   
Table 10.8.2 Rate the overall cost effectiveness of maintaining the library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.8.3 Rate the overall cost effectiveness of maintaining the library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.8.4 Rate the overall cost effectiveness of maintaining the library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.8.5 Rate the overall cost effectiveness of maintaining the library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.8.6 Rate the overall cost effectiveness of maintaining the library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.9.1 Rate the overall efficiency of the course reserves process   
Table 10.9.2 Rate the overall efficiency of the course reserves process Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.9.3 Rate the overall efficiency of the course reserves process Broken out by work title   
Table 10.9.4 Rate the overall efficiency of the course reserves process Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.9.5 Rate the overall efficiency of the course reserves process Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.9.6 Rate the overall efficiency of the course reserves process Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.10.1 Rate the overall hours of availability of the library   
Table 10.10.2 Rate the overall hours of availability of the library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.10.3 Rate the overall hours of availability of the library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.10.4 Rate the overall hours of availability of the library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.10.5 Rate the overall hours of availability of the library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.10.6 Rate the overall hours of availability of the library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.11.1 Rate the overall quality of information technology in the library   
Table 10.11.2 Rate the overall quality of information technology in the library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.11.3 Rate the overall quality of information technology in the library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.11.4 Rate the overall quality of information technology in the library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.11.5 Rate the overall quality of information technology in the library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.11.6 Rate the overall quality of information technology in the library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.12.1 Rate the overall level of physical comfort in the library   
Table 10.12.2 Rate the overall level of physical comfort in the library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.12.3 Rate the overall level of physical comfort in the library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.12.4 Rate the overall level of physical comfort in the library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.12.5 Rate the overall level of physical comfort in the library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.12.6 Rate the overall level of physical comfort in the library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.13.1 Rate the overall noise level in the library   
Table 10.13.2 Rate the overall noise level in the library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.13.3 Rate the overall noise level in the library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.13.4 Rate the overall noise level in the library Broken out by age of survey respondent  
Table 10.13.5 Rate the overall noise level in the library Broken out by gender of survey participants   
Table 10.13.6 Rate the overall noise level in the library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.14.1 Rate the overall range of eBooks available in your law school library   
Table 10.14.2 Rate the overall range of eBooks available in your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.14.3 Rate the overall range of eBooks available in your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.14.4 Rate the overall range of eBooks available in your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.14.5 Rate the overall range of eBooks available in your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.14.6 Rate the overall range of eBooks available in your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.15.1 Rate the overall librarian's knowledge of the law available in your law school library   
Table 10.15.2 Rate the overall librarian's knowledge of the law available in your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.15.3 Rate the overall librarian's knowledge of the law available in your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.15.4 Rate the overall librarian's knowledge of the law available in your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.15.5 Rate the overall librarian's knowledge of the law available in your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.15.6 Rate the overall librarian's knowledge of the law available in your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.16.1 Rate the overall inter-library loan capabilities available in your law school library   
Table 10.16.2 Rate the overall inter-library loan capabilities available in your law school library Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 10.16.3 Rate the overall inter-library loan capabilities available in your law school library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.16.4 Rate the overall inter-library loan capabilities available in your law school library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.16.5 Rate the overall inter-library loan capabilities available in your law school library Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 10.16.6 Rate the overall inter-library loan capabilities available in your law school library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 10.17.1 Rate the overall ease of finding resources in the library   
Table 10.17.2 Rate the overall ease of finding resources in the library broken out by law school ranking  
Table 10.17.3 Rate the overall ease of finding resources in the library Broken out by work title   
Table 10.17.4 Rate the overall ease of finding resources in the library Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 10.17.5 Rate the overall ease of finding resources in the library Broken out by gender of survey participant  
Table 10.17.6 Rate the overall ease of finding resources in the library Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 11 How much do you use the following resources   
Table 11.1.1 How often do you use Bloomberg Law?   
Table 11.1.2 How often do you use Bloomberg Law? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 11.1.3 How often do you use Bloomberg Law? Broken out by work title   
Table 11.1.4 How often do you use Bloomberg Law? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 11.1.5 How often do you use Bloomberg Law? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 11.1.6 How often do you use Bloomberg Law? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 11.2.1 How often do you use Findlaw?  
Table 11.2.2 How often do you use Findlaw? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 11.2.3 How often do you use Findlaw? Broken out by work title   
Table 11.2.4 How often do you use Findlaw? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 11.2.5 How often do you use Findlaw? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 11.2.6 How often do you use Findlaw? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 11.3.1 How often do you use Google Scholar?   
Table 11.3.2 How often do you use Google Scholar? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 11.3.3 How often do you use Google Scholar? Broken out by work title   
Table 11.3.4 How often do you use Google Scholar? Broken out by age of survey respondent  
Table 11.3.5 How often do you use Google Scholar? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 11.3.6 How often do you use Google Scholar? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
Table 11.4.1 How often do you use LexisNexis?   
Table 11.4.2 How often do you use LexisNexis? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 11.4.3 How often do you use LexisNexis? Broken out by work title   
Table 11.4.4 How often do you use LexisNexis? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 11.4.5 How often do you use LexisNexis? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 11.4.6 How often do you use LexisNexis? Broken out by number of students enrolled 
Table 11.5.1 How often do you use West?   
Table 11.5.2 How often do you use West? Broken out by law school ranking   
Table 11.5.3 How often do you use West? Broken out by work title   
Table 11.5.4 How often do you use West? Broken out by age of survey respondent   
Table 11.5.5 How often do you use West? Broken out by gender of survey participant   
Table 11.5.6 How often do you use West? Broken out by number of students enrolled   
The three most critical information resources for you are? Broken out by law school ranking   
What would make the law library a better place or work tool for you? Broken out by law school ranking   

THE QUESTIONNAIRE

1.    Please give us the following contact information:

A.    Name:
B.    Organization:
C.    Title
D.    Email Address:

2.    Work title

A.    Professor
B.    Assistant Professor
C.    Associate Professor
D.    Lecturer
E.    Emeritus
F.    Other (please specify)

3.    Age of survey respondent

A.    Under 30
B.    30-39
C.    40-49
D.    50-59
E.    60 or Over

4.    Gender of survey participant

A.    Male
B.    Female

5.    Number of students enrolled

6.    How skilled are you with in conducting legal information searches and using legal information sources?

A.    Don 't really know how to evaluate my skills
B.    Not really very proficient
C.    Can't say I am really information search savvy but know the basics
D.    I consider myself pretty information savvy
E.    I am the information search go-to-person others come to for help
7.    Have you asked a law library librarian or other library personnel for assistance of any kind in the past year?

A.    Yes
B.    No

8.    If so how many times have you asked for assistance of any kind?(in person or from a non-library location)

9.    How many times per month would you say that you visit the law library's physical location?

10.    In the past year, to the best of your knowledge, have you contacted a law librarian in any of the following ways: (check all that apply)

A.    In Person
B.    By Phone
C.    By Text Message
D.    By Email
E.    Through a Library Chat Service
F.    Through Social Media such as Facebook or LinkedIn
G.    by Skype, What's APP, Viber or Similar Service

11.    How   time (in hours) did you spend in the law library in the past week?

12.    Your institution's law library is generally more efficient, less efficient or about as efficient as other departments at your law school?

A.    More Efficient
B.    About as Efficient
C.    Less Efficient

13.    What is the single thing you like most about your institution's law library?

14.    What is your law school library's great deficiency?

15.    Hiring more librarians for full or part time work at your school would be:

A.    A good investment for the school
B.    A bad investment for the school
 
16.    Your law school should:

A.    Increase the library budget
B.    Decrease the library budget
C.    Keep the library budget approximately the same

17.    Rate the overall quality of the following facets of your law school library:

    Excellent    Good    Acceptable    Problematic    Bad    N/A
Range of Databases
Available                        
Availability and Quality
of Group Study Rooms                        
Quality of Training to
Master Legal Info
Searching                        
Overall Quality of the
School's Librarians                        
Range and Quality of
Legal Journals Available                        
Legal Research and
Information Literacy
Training for Students                        
Library Staff Speed in
Responding to Requests                        
Cost Effectiveness of
Maintaining the Library                        
Efficiency of the Course
Reserves Process                        
Hours of Availability of
the Library                        
Quality of Information
Technology in the Library                        
Level of Physical
Comfort in the Library                        
Noise level in the Library                        
Range of eBooks
Available                        
Librarian's Knowledge of
the Law                        
Inter-library loan
capabilities                        
Ease of Finding
Resources in the Library                        
Other (please specify)

18.    How much do you use the following resources

    Use it virtually
every day    More than once
a week    Weekly    Monthly    Very rarely    Not at all
Bloomberg Law                        
Findlaw                        
Google Scholar                        
LexisNexis                        
West

19.    The three most critical information resources for you are?

20.    What would make the law library a better place or work tool for you?
 
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  • Albany Law School
  • Boston College Law School
  • Boston University Law School
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • California Western School of Law
  • Cardozo School of Law
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • College of William and Mary
  • Columbia University Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • CUNY School of Law
  • CWSL
  • Dalhousie University
  • Delaware Law School of Widener University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Florida International University College of Law
  • Georgetown Law Center
  • Harvard University Law School
  • Hofstra University Law School
  • King Hall School of Law
  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Loyola Law School
  • Marquette University Law School
  • Mercer University School of Law
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • MU School of Law
  • New York University Law School
  • Northern California Innocence Project
  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Rutgers Law School
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Seton Hall Law School
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • The John Marshall Law School
  • Tulane Law School
  • UNC School of Law
  • University of Missouri School of Law
  • Univ of New Mexico
  • Univ. of Denver College of Law
  • University at Buffalo School of Law
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • University of Connecticut Law
  • University of Florida Law School
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Miami Law
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of Mississippi Law School
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • University of San Diego Law School
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • UNLV Boyd School of Law
  • USC Law School
  • Vanderbilt University Law
  • Vermont Law School
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Wake Forest University Law School
  • Widener Commonwealth Law
  • William and Mary Law School
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