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Survey of Academic Library Leadership, Re-opening the Library 2021 Edition

  • ID: 5230464
  • Report
  • December 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 66 Pages
  • Primary Research Group

The 66-page study looks at how academic libraries plan to re-open in 2021 and 2022, as well as the enduring legacy that they expect from the COVID experience.  The report gives detailed data on exactly how much foot traffic in the library librarians currently have and what they expect for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021. It also gives detailed info on academic library plans to bring employees back into the library building, examining the pace and magnitude of the return to working in the library itself.

The report details when librarians expect a vaccine to significantly impact their operations, how many library employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and how librarians view the effectiveness of their institution’s COVID containment policies.  It also looks at how libraries plan to deploy social distancing and COVID-related hygiene measures, as well as the extent to which these policies may be rolled back as vaccines are implemented.  The study also polls library leadership opinion on what will be the enduring implications of the COVID experience for academic libraries.

Data in the report is broken out by size and type of college and other variables, as well as by current college operating model, with data presented separately for colleges that have been operating nearly completely online, largely online, or largely or completely in-person.  

Just a few of the many findings of this study, based on data from college and university libraries, are:

  • 29.82% of libraries in the sample were operating in an environment of mostly or completely in-person instruction.
  • A mean of 0.55 employees per library have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Respondents saw an average of 29.90% (median 25%, minimum 0%, and maximum 85%) normal customary foot traffic in the fall semester 2020 compared to fall semester 2019.
  • 31.58% of libraries sampled do not plan to limit the number of patrons in the library at one time after re-opening.
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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE    

2. PARTICIPANTS LIST    

  • Characteristics of the Sample    

List of Tables

Table 1.1 How would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 1.2 How would you best describe your college’s current operating model? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 1.3 How would you best describe your college’s current operating model? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 1.4 How would you best describe your college’s current operating model? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.5 How would you best describe your college’s current operating model? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 1.6 How would you best describe your college’s current operating model? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 2.1 In your library and general college planning when do you expect that a COVID-19 vaccine will be in common use by most students at your institution?    
Table 2.2 In your library and general college planning when do you expect that a COVID-19 vaccine will be in common use by most students at your institution? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 2.3 In your library and general college planning when do you expect that a COVID-19 vaccine will be in common use by most students at your institution? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 2.4 In your library and general college planning when do you expect that a COVID-19 vaccine will be in common use by most students at your institution? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 2.5 In your library and general college planning when do you expect that a COVID-19 vaccine will be in common use by most students at your institution? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 2.6 In your library and general college planning when do you expect that a COVID-19 vaccine will be in common use by most students at your institution? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 3.1 To the best of your knowledge how many library employees have been diagnosed with Covid-19?    
Table 3.2 To the best of your knowledge how many library employees have been diagnosed with Covid-19? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 3.3 To the best of your knowledge how many library employees have been diagnosed with Covid-19? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 3.4 To the best of your knowledge how many library employees have been diagnosed with Covid-19? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 3.5 To the best of your knowledge how many library employees have been diagnosed with Covid-19? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 3.6 To the best of your knowledge how many library employees have been diagnosed with Covid-19? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 4.1 How much confidence do you have in your institution's COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolation practices?    
Table 4.2 How much confidence do you have in your institution's COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolation practices? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 4.3 How much confidence do you have in your institution's COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolation practices? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 4.4 How much confidence do you have in your institution's COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolation practices? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.5 How much confidence do you have in your institution's COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolation practices? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 4.6 How much confidence do you have in your institution's COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolation practices? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 5.1 About what percentage of classes at your institution are currently held in-person rather than online?    
Table 5.2 About what percentage of classes at your institution are currently held in-person rather than online? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 5.3 About what percentage of classes at your institution are currently held in-person rather than online? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 5.4 About what percentage of classes at your institution are currently held in-person rather than online? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 5.5 About what percentage of classes at your institution are currently held in-person rather than online? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 5.6 About what percentage of classes at your institution are currently held in-person rather than online? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 6 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in each of the following periods?    
Table 6.1.1 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the fall semester 2020 compared to fall semester 2019?    
Table 6.1.2 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the fall semester 2020 compared to fall semester 2019? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 6.1.3 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the fall semester 2020 compared to fall semester 2019? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 6.1.4 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the fall semester 2020 compared to fall semester 2019? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 6.1.5 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the fall semester 2020 compared to fall semester 2019? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 6.1.6 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the fall semester 2020 compared to fall semester 2019? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 6.2.1 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the spring semester 2021 compared to spring semester 2020?    
Table 6.2.2 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the spring semester 2021 compared to spring semester 2020? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 6.2.3 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the spring semester 2021 compared to spring semester 2020? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 6.2.4 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the spring semester 2021 compared to spring semester 2020? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 6.2.5 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the spring semester 2021 compared to spring semester 2020? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 6.2.6 What is your best estimate of the percentage of normal customary foot traffic through the library that you expect to see in the spring semester 2021 compared to spring semester 2020? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 7.1 When you re-open the library what percentage of the library personnel that typically work in the library building do you feel that you will bring back to work in the building right away?    
Table 7.2 When you re-open the library what percentage of the library personnel that typically work in the library building do you feel that you will bring back to work in the building right away? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 7.3 When you re-open the library what percentage of the library personnel that typically work in the library building do you feel that you will bring back to work in the building right away? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 7.4 When you re-open the library what percentage of the library personnel that typically work in the library building do you feel that you will bring back to work in the building right away? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.5 When you re-open the library what percentage of the library personnel that typically work in the library building do you feel that you will bring back to work in the building right away? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7.6 When you re-open the library what percentage of the library personnel that typically work in the library building do you feel that you will bring back to work in the building right away? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 8.1 How much do you know about your college's plans for the spring  semester 2021?    
Table 8.2 How much do you know about your college's plans for the spring  semester 2021? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 8.3 How much do you know about your college's plans for the spring  semester 2021? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 8.4 How much do you know about your college's plans for the spring  semester 2021? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 8.5 How much do you know about your college's plans for the spring  semester 2021? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 8.6 How much do you know about your college's plans for the spring  semester 2021? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 9.1 Has the library developed a plan for the library, its employees and patrons, to observe social distancing in the library?    
Table 9.2 Has the library developed a plan for the library, its employees and patrons, to observe social distancing in the library? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 9.3 Has the library developed a plan for the library, its employees and patrons, to observe social distancing in the library? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 9.4 Has the library developed a plan for the library, its employees and patrons, to observe social distancing in the library? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 9.5 Has the library developed a plan for the library, its employees and patrons, to observe social distancing in the library? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 9.6 Has the library developed a plan for the library, its employees and patrons, to observe social distancing in the library? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
Table 10.1 When your library begins to re-open do you plan to limit the number of individuals allowed in the library at one time?    
Table 10.2 When your library begins to re-open do you plan to limit the number of individuals allowed in the library at one time? Broken out for public and private colleges    
Table 10.3 When your library begins to re-open do you plan to limit the number of individuals allowed in the library at one time? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 10.4 When your library begins to re-open do you plan to limit the number of individuals allowed in the library at one time? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 10.5 When your library begins to re-open do you plan to limit the number of individuals allowed in the library at one time? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 10.6 When your library begins to re-open do you plan to limit the number of individuals allowed in the library at one time? Broken out by how would you best describe your college’s current operating model?    
How will the library count and otherwise track the number of people in the library and in various rooms and areas of the library? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
If your library has already deployed a social distancing plan for students in physical attendance at the college, describe this plan and how it has worked out. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
What plans have you developed to quickly alter guidelines as COVID risk recedes in the event of the introduction of a vaccine or other developments? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
In general, how do you expect that practices developed during the COVID crisis will persist or influence library policy post COVID? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    

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