Presentation on theme: "LIBRARY AND INFORMATION USE PATTERNS BY ENGINEERING FACULTY AND STUDENTS Lisha Li William Baer June 2009."— Presentation transcript:
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION USE PATTERNS BY ENGINEERING FACULTY AND STUDENTS Lisha Li William Baer June 2009
Outline Purpose Methodology and process Survey Responses Survey Results Limitations Conclusions
Purpose To study the library usage patterns by engineering faculty and students To compare usage patterns among different groups Using the results of study to improve services in the following areas: Library out-reach Library instruction Resources access
Methodology & Process Online survey (CEE & ME) Questionnaire with multiple choices and open end questions. Focus on: library use and information resources use habits. Number of questions: Student survey:17 Faculty survey: 18 Online tools used: Survey Monkey.
Methodology & Process Questionnaire design – Oct. 2008 IRB review – Oct. 2008 Email survey link to departments (twice in 2 weeks) – Nov. 2008 Data collection – Dec. 2008 Faculty survey reopened – Feb. 2009 Analysis – Dec. 2008- Feb. 2009
Survey Population and Response Rate Student population: Total enrollment (Fall 2008): 19,413 Total enrollment in COE: 11,079 Total students in ME & CEE:3,398 Total responses: 274 Response rate: 8%
Survey Population and Response Rate (cont.) Faculty population: CEE Faculty: 89 ME Faculty: 97 Total Faculty: 186 Total Response: 25 Response Rate: 13%
How Well the Undergraduates Feel They Know the Databases? Q: How would you categorize your level of familiarity with using the following library resources? - (Undergraduate)
How Well the Graduates Feel They Know the Databases? Q: How would you categorize your level of familiarity with using the following library resources? - (Graduate)
Training Preferences Q: What types of training in library resources do you prefer? (Check all that apply) - Students
Seeking Help with Research - Students Q: How do you seek research help from the Library? (Check all that apply) – All Students
Seeking Help with Research - Faculty Q: How do you seek research help from the Library? (Check all that apply) - Faculty
ILL Use – Students Q: How many articles/books have you ordered through the interlibrary loan (ILLiad) services in the past 12 month? – (All students)
ILL Use – Faculty Q: How many articles/books have you ordered through the interlibrary loan (ILLiad) services within the past year? - Faculty
Satisfaction with Electronic Journal Access - Students Q: How satisfied are you with obtaining journal articles electronically through the Georgia Tech Library?
Limitations Response rate Timing of the survey Interpretation of questions Answer choices
Conclusions Undergraduate students rely on the library as a space to study. Over all, students prefer online tutorials for database training. But online tutorials can not replace other methods of instruction. Seniors and graduate students have more knowledge about library resources compared to other students. But we still need to do more to promote library resources.
Conclusions (cont.) Faculty rely on the electronic resources and interlibrary loan services for research. We need to be more creative in promoting library resources and services.