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Student Library Survey, 2016-17: Majors

NOTE:

Note that a minimum of ten participants was required for each major to create a statistically reliable cohort.

Majors - Descripton of Participants

Majors - Scores

Insights

Eight majors provided 10 or more responses.

Over a semester I visit the library over 25 times a semester - Christian Ministry 36% vs. Theater 0%
Most likely to visit the library - Adjusted score – Kinesiology 4.17 vs. Interior Design 2.60

Over a semester I use the library's online resources 25 times or more a semester - 21% vs. 5 majors 0%.
Most likely to use the library’s online resources - Adjusted score – Kinesiology 3.46 vs. Theatre 1.97

Number of library orientations received – Adjusted score – Kinesiology 3.34 vs. Christian Ministry 1.98 
Most likely to have zero library orientations – Theater 31% vs. Kinesiology 4%.

COLLECTIONS – Nursing 4.16 vs. Interior Design 3.79
STAFF AND SERVICES - Nursing 4.20 vs. Interior Design 3.85
PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE – Nursing 4.21 vs. Music 3.61
FACILITIES – Nursing 4.17 vs. 3.83

FYI - Issues identified under the areas of Collections and Personal Knowledge may need to be addressed on a major by major basis.

Issues identified under Staff and Services, and under Facilities are less likely to be the result of different library resources and experiences, and are better addressed in the overall score area.

Conclusions and To Do's

Theatre had the lowest overall score (3.78). They also described themselves as among the least likely to use the library, in person or online, and among the least likely to receive instruction.

  • The library will discuss the survey with Theatre and encourage more library instruction, more library usage, and more directed spending.

Several majors scored low on number of library orientations and/or the Personal Knowledge category.

  • The library will encourage more library instruction among Interior Design, Music, and Theatre.
  • The library will weed the book collection for those majors scoring below 4.0 for Printed Materials are up to date.

Several majors scored low regarding the adequacy of their part of the library collection.

  • The library will work more closely developing the print collections of Communications and Interior Design.
  • The library will reassess its online resources for the following majors - Art, Communications, Christian Ministry, and Theatre, and work more closely promoting them and teaching their use.

Art, High and Low Scores

  • I understand the rules of plagiarism - 4.6
  • Library hours are convenient to my schedule - 3.4

Business, High and Low Scores

  • I understand the rules of plagiarism - 4.4
  • Printed materials are easy to find - 3.6

Christian Ministry, High and Low Scores

  • I understand the rules of plagiarism - 4.4
  • Library hours are convenient to my schedule - 3.4​

Communications

  • Library facilities are clean and well maintained - 4.4
  • Library hours are convenient to my schedule - 3.4​

Education, High and Low Scores

  • I understand the rules of plagiarism - 4.5
  • Library hours are convenient to my schedule - 3.8

Interior Design, High and Low Scores

  • Library facilities are clean and well maintained - 4.5
  • Printed materials - books and journals - are adequate for my needs - 3.2

Kinesiology, High and Low Scores

  • I understand the rules of plagiarism - 4.4
  • Library facilities are clean and well maintained - 4.4
  • Printed materials are up to date -  3.4

Music, High and Low Scores

  • Librarians are consistently courteous and helpful - 4.5
  • I understand research methods in my major -  3.3

Nursing, High and Low Scores

  • I understand the rules of plagiarism - 4.7
  • Library hours are convenient to my schedule - 3.8

Theatre, High and Low Scores

  • Student assistants are consistently courteous and helpful - 4.4
  • I know how to find eBooks - 3.0