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1 LIBRARY AND INFORMATION USE PATTERNS BY ENGINEERING FACULTY AND STUDENTS Lisha Li William Baer June 2009

2 Outline  Purpose  Methodology and process  Survey Responses  Survey Results  Limitations  Conclusions

3 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

4 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.

5 Methodology & Process Questionnaire design – Oct IRB review – Oct survey link to departments (twice in 2 weeks) – Nov Data collection – Dec Faculty survey reopened – Feb Analysis – Dec Feb. 2009

6 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%

7 Survey Population and Response Rate (cont.)  Faculty population: CEE Faculty: 89 ME Faculty: 97 Total Faculty: 186 Total Response: 25 Response Rate: 13%

8 Demographics  Student Participants: Undergraduates: 216 (79%)  Freshmen: 34  Sophomore:38  Junior: 60  Senior: 84 Graduates: 58 (21%)  Masters:13  Doctoral:45

9 Demographics (cont.)  Student Participants By gender:  Female – 95 (35%)  Male – 178 (65%) By school:  CEE – 90 (33%)  ME – 184 (67%) International:23 (8%)  Graduate: 18 31% of all graduate  Undergraduate: 5

10 Demographics (cont.)  Faculty Participants: By Academic Level  Assistant Professor: 4  Associate Professor: 7  Professor: 12  Other: 2  Total: 25 By Gender  Female: 2  Male: 23

11 How Often Students Come to the Library?

12 How Often Faculty Come to the Library?

13 Top 5 Reasons Students Use the Library - Undergraduate

14 Top 5 Reasons Students Use the Library - Graduate

15 When Students Prefer to Study in the Library?

16 Google Effect Q:“Google is sufficient to meet most of my research needs.” (%)

17 Resources Use Rankings (by Undergraduate ) Q: Where do you go to meet your academic information needs? (Please rank your 1st, 2nd, 3rd... choices) – (Undergraduate)

18 Resource Use Rankings (by Graduate ) Q: Where do you go to meet your academic information needs? (Please rank your 1st, 2nd, 3rd... choices) – (Graduate)

19 Resource Use Rankings (by Faculty) Q: Where do you go to meet your academic information needs? (Please rank your 1st, 2nd, 3rd... choices) – (Faculty)

20 Best Databases (by Graduate) Q: What are the best databases in your field(s)? (Please rank choices 1, 2, 3, and 4) – (Graduate)

21 Best Databases (by Faculty)

22 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)

23 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)

24 Training Preferences Q: What types of training in library resources do you prefer? (Check all that apply) - Students

25 Seeking Help with Research - Students Q: How do you seek research help from the Library? (Check all that apply) – All Students

26 Seeking Help with Research - Faculty Q: How do you seek research help from the Library? (Check all that apply) - Faculty

27 ILL Use – Students Q: How many articles/books have you ordered through the interlibrary loan (ILLiad) services in the past 12 month? – (All students)

28 ILL Use – Faculty Q: How many articles/books have you ordered through the interlibrary loan (ILLiad) services within the past year? - Faculty

29 Satisfaction with Electronic Journal Access - Students Q: How satisfied are you with obtaining journal articles electronically through the Georgia Tech Library?

30 Limitations  Response rate  Timing of the survey  Interpretation of questions  Answer choices

31 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.

32 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.

33 QUESTIONS?

34 THANK YOU!


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