Primary Research Group has published the International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Academic Library Special Collections, ISBN 978-157440-439-5
The study presents data from a survey of 500+ faculty at more than 50 major research universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom & Ireland about their use and evaluation of academic library special collections in rare books & documents, film & video, music, photography, rare biological specimens, personal archives, posters and guidebooks and other commercial materials, oral history and many other areas. The report presents data separately for use of special collections at one’s own university and for use of special collections at other institutions. The study also gives data on the percentage of faculty that recommend special collections to students, other faculty or other parties. Survey participants name some of their favorite special collections and rate their general level of satisfaction with academic library special collections.
Data in the 196-page study is broken out by more than 10 criteria including but not limited to academic title, age, gender, national origin of university, public/private status, teaching load, tenure status, university ranking and other variables.
Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:
21.47% of faculty in the Media and Visual and Performing Arts fields accessed photography special collections from outside their institution in the past three years, the most in the sample, followed by those in the Literature and Language fields, 10.00%.
Satisfaction with special collections did not vary widely with institution size or type, or with respondent age, gender, political views, or academic field. However, respondents from Canadian universities were relatively more satisfied than were those from other countries with their institution’s special collections,
More than a quarter of those age 60 and over found special collections just as easy or easier to find and use than standard library collections, compared to just 11.43% of respondents age 30 and under.
Respondents to the far left of the political spectrum reported the highest use special collections based on personal archives or estates, 7.61%, but otherwise political views had no clear impact on utilization of personal archives or estates.
9.73% of respondents teaching more than two courses in the past semester were dissatisfied with levels of online access to collections of catalogs, posters, guides and other commercial materials, compared to less than 3.5% of those teaching two courses or less.For further information view our website at www.PrimaryResearch.com.
Even though every day is a great day to celebrate libraries, there is a special week each year designated to highlight their importance and awesomeness!
This year, that week is from April 9 – 15 and “is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.”
This year’s theme for the week is “Libraries Transform.” ALA has a Press Kit to help you prepare for activities and events you may want to plan to take place during this exciting week! Check out their library week fact sheet or watch this video from the 2016 National Library Week Video Challenge
Do you do reference work or user services? Would you like to chat with other people who do this too?? RUSA is your answer! We are passing on some information about a RUSA webinar where you can find out more about them, and see how they can help you.
Are you working with first year students in academic libraries? We are passing on a survey a group from ACRL. Share your ideas with them, and make everyone’s experience stronger!
We want to learn about your pedagogical approach to first-year student library instruction. We are currently interviewing students, but want to learn from you as well. Our hope is to find a set of themes that can serve as a foundation for planning information literacy instruction that emphasizes students’ existing strengths in using information. Continue reading Looking for first year academic library instruction info!→
We know that several of our CMLE members are working with technology, so wanted to pass on this call for contributors to a column for the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Even if you are not working in an academic library, you may still have experience that would be valuable for this audience. I would guess there would be interest in the work high school library people are doing to get students ready for higher education of all sorts. And of course people working with technology in college libraries of all types would have something valuable to contribute.
If you are interested, but but not sure where to start; feel free to check in with us at CMLE Headquarters! We can help brainstorm ideas, get your work outlined, and help edit before you submit it.
Share your ideas and your experience with the profession!! Your voice is valuable and important to hear!