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Survey of Academic Library Response to the Coronavirus

  • ID: 5007659
  • Report
  • March 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 73 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The report gives detailed data and commentary on the quickly developing situation from 62 academic library directors in the United States.  The study looks at the overall decision making of parent colleges - giving data on the percent that have cancelled classes, adopted increased online learning, all online learning or other options.  It looks at efforts to quickly ramp up online learning, teach information literacy at a distance, interface with IT and other important departments in new initiatives, and otherwise, prepare to operation (or not) in the new coronavirus-induced education environment.

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

  • 21% of library directors sampled felt that their colleges were not doing enough in response to the coronavirus.
  • Research universities have embraced change much faster than other types of higher education institutions and instituted online classes faster and more thoroughly than other institutions.
  • 37% of libraries sampled had not yet instituted special or enhanced efforts to disinfect circulation library materials.

This study is the first in a series of reports about how academic libraries and higher education institutions are responding to the new and challenging circumstances imposed by the pandemic.  Surveying for this report was done between March 10 and March 12, 2020.  A follow-up report will be issued in April as well as other reports on specific topic areas.

Data in the 73-page report is broken out by size and type of institution, by tuition level, for public and private institutions and by other useful variables.  

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1. PARTICIPANTS LIST    

  • Characteristics of the Sample 

2. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS  

  • Time Frame of Surveying    
  • Status of Classes at the College    
  • The Special Responsibility of Research Universities    
  • Library Committees or Task Force on the Coronavirus Environment    
  • Percentage of Library Workers Working from Home    
  • Protecting Employees At-Risk    
  • Re-Directing Grant Money to Coronavirus Issues    
  • Most Cited Info Sources on the Emerging Coronavirus Situation    
  • Disinfecting Library Circulating Materials    
  • Library Event Cancellation    
  • Plans for Increased Use of Distance Learning in Information Literacy    
  • Assisting Students with Online Learning    
  • Level of Increase in Demand for Library Assistance with Online Classes    
  • Adjustments in Course Reserves  

List of Tables

Table 1.1 Which phrase best describes your college or university policy on the coronavirus?    
Table 1.2 Which phrase best describes your college or university policy on the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 1.3 Which phrase best describes your college or university policy on the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.4 Which phrase best describes your college or university policy on the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 1.5 Which phrase best describes your college or university policy on the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 2.1 Has the library formed a committee or task force of any kind to deal with potential disruptions or policy changes due to the coronavirus?    
Table 2.2 Has the library formed a committee or task force of any kind to deal with potential disruptions or policy changes due to the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 2.3 Has the library formed a committee or task force of any kind to deal with potential disruptions or policy changes due to the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 2.4 Has the library formed a committee or task force of any kind to deal with potential disruptions or policy changes due to the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 2.5 Has the library formed a committee or task force of any kind to deal with potential disruptions or policy changes due to the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 3.1 If there is such a task force, how many members does it have?    
Table 3.2 If there is such a task force, how many members does it have? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 3.3 If there is such a task force, how many members does it have? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 3.4 If there is such a task force, how many members does it have? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 3.5 If there is such a task force, how many members does it have? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 4 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote locations pre and post inception of the coronavirus?    
Table 4.1.1 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote location pre-Coronavirus inception?    
Table 4.1.2 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote location pre-Coronavirus inception?  Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 4.1.3 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote location pre-Coronavirus inception?  Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.1.4 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote location pre-Coronavirus inception?  Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 4.1.5 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote location pre-Coronavirus inception?  Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 4.2.1 What percentage of library employees are working from home or other remote locations post coronavirus inception    
Table 4.2.2 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote locations post coronavirus inception? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 4.2.3 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote locations post coronavirus inception? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.2.4 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote locations post coronavirus inception? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 4.2.5 What percentage of library employees were working from home or other remote locations post coronavirus inception? Broken out by tuition, $    
Has the library taken any special measures to protect older employees or those with medical conditions that may make them more susceptible to the coronavirus If so, what? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 5.1 Will the library have the means and the ability to redirect grant or endowment money to support special efforts in online education or in other areas in response to the coronavirus?    
Table 5.2 Will the library have the means and the ability to redirect grant or endowment money to support special efforts in online education or in other areas in response to the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 5.3 Will the library have the means and the ability to redirect grant or endowment money to support special efforts in online education or in other areas in response to the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 5.4 Will the library have the means and the ability to redirect grant or endowment money to support special efforts in online education or in other areas in response to the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 5.5 Will the library have the means and the ability to redirect grant or endowment money to support special efforts in online education or in other areas in response to the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
What blogs, listservs, websites, and other resources have been your best source of information on what academic libraries and colleges and universities, in general, are doing in response to the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
If the library has instituted a policy of more frequent deep cleaning, describe this or similar policies. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 6.1 Has the library taken measures to frequently disinfect technology and content collections materials that circulate often in the library patron population?    
Table 6.2 Has the library taken measures to frequently disinfect technology and content collections materials that circulate often in the library patron population? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 6.3 Has the library taken measures to frequently disinfect technology and content collections materials that circulate often in the library patron population? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 6.4 Has the library taken measures to frequently disinfect technology and content collections materials that circulate often in the library patron population? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 6.5 Has the library taken measures to frequently disinfect technology and content collections materials that circulate often in the library patron population? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7 Has the library cancelled any of the following due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus?    
Table 7.1.1 Has the library cancelled events held in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus?    
Table 7.1.2 Has the library cancelled events held in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 7.1.3 Has the library cancelled events held in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.1.4 Has the library cancelled events held in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 7.1.5 Has the library cancelled events held in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7.2.1 Has the library cancelled lecture series in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus?    
Table 7.2.2 Has the library cancelled lecture series in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 7.2.3 Has the library cancelled lecture series in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.2.4 Has the library cancelled lecture series in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 7.2.5 Has the library cancelled lecture series in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7.3.1 Has the library cancelled brown bag lunches or other similar gatherings in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus?    
Table 7.3.2 Has the library cancelled brown bag lunches or other similar gatherings in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 7.3.3 Has the library cancelled brown bag lunches or other similar gatherings in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.3.4 Has the library cancelled brown bag lunches or other similar gatherings in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 7.3.5 Has the library cancelled brown bag lunches or other similar gatherings in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7.4.1 Has the library cancelled group work room reservations due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus?    
Table 7.4.2 Has the library cancelled group work room reservations due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 7.4.3 Has the library cancelled group work room reservations due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.4.4 Has the library cancelled group work room reservations due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 7.4.5 Has the library cancelled group work room reservations due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7.5.1 Has the library cancelled meetings of librarians and other staff due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus?    
Table 7.5.2 Has the library cancelled meetings of librarians and other staff due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 7.5.3 Has the library cancelled meetings of librarians and other staff due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.5.4 Has the library cancelled meetings of librarians and other staff due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 7.5.5 Has the library cancelled meetings of librarians and other staff due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7.6.1 Has the library cancelled performances or exhibits in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus?    
Table 7.6.2 Has the library cancelled performances or exhibits in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 7.6.3 Has the library cancelled performances or exhibits in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.6.4 Has the library cancelled performances or exhibits in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 7.6.5 Has the library cancelled performances or exhibits in the library due to the current or impending threat of the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 8.1 Has the library cancelled information literacy or other in-library classes?    
Table 8.2 Has the library cancelled information literacy or other in-library classes? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 8.3 Has the library cancelled information literacy or other in-library classes? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 8.4 Has the library cancelled information literacy or other in-library classes? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 8.5 Has the library cancelled information literacy or other in-library classes? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 9.1 Has the library implemented or developed plans to use distance learning or blended learning to a greater extent than usual in info literacy and other in-library classes?    
Table 9.2 Has the library implemented or developed plans to use distance learning or blended learning to a greater extent than usual in info literacy and other in-library classes? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 9.3 Has the library implemented or developed plans to use distance learning or blended learning to a greater extent than usual in info literacy and other in-library classes? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 9.4 Has the library implemented or developed plans to use distance learning or blended learning to a greater extent than usual in info literacy and other in-library classes? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 9.5 Has the library implemented or developed plans to use distance learning or blended learning to a greater extent than usual in info literacy and other in-library classes? Broken out by tuition, $    
Has online education delivery been utilized to a greater extent than usual? If so, how? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
What new steps has the library taken to assist students that may not be familiar with the online class to participate in online classes? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 10.1 At your library, how much has demand increased for assistance to help students navigate online classes?  Answer as a percentage.  It three times as many students are seeking help, the increase would be 300%.    
Table 10.2 At your library, how much has demand increased for assistance to help students navigate online classes?  Answer as a percentage.  It three times as many students are seeking help, the increase would be 300%. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 10.3 At your library, how much has demand increased for assistance to help students navigate online classes?  Answer as a percentage.  It three times as many students are seeking help, the increase would be 300%. Broken out by enrollment    
Table 10.4 At your library, how much has demand increased for assistance to help students navigate online classes?  Answer as a percentage.  It three times as many students are seeking help, the increase would be 300%. Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 10.5 At your library, how much has demand increased for assistance to help students navigate online classes?  Answer as a percentage.  It three times as many students are seeking help, the increase would be 300%. Broken out by tuition, $    
What kind of adjustments, if any, has the library made or is thinking of making, in electronic course reserves, inter-library loan of other means to deliver targeted educational materials to students and faculty in the event that this is necessary?  Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
What other changes previously not mentioned in response to prior questions have the library made to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 11.1 How do you assess your college's response to the coronavirus?    
Table 11.2 How do you assess your college's response to the coronavirus? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 11.3 How do you assess your college's response to the coronavirus? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 11.4 How do you assess your college's response to the coronavirus? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 11.5 How do you assess your college's response to the coronavirus? Broken out by tuition, $    

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