This year's survey was the shortest ever with only 28 questions. The first makeover in ten years places a greater emphasis on digital resources and services while de-emphasizing Acquisitions and Self Assessment of Library Skills.
Questions eliminated or simplified included:
New questions included:
Additionally, a number of self assessment questions were eliminated:
Consequently not all questions can be tracked backwards over time. While it is impossible to compare scores of new questions to scores of eliminated questions, those scores which track back in time grew for six questions and decreased for only 3, remaining level in the rest.
Some questions were simplified
Less emphasis was given to physical resources and services, and more to digital.
Overall the survey has fewer questions and is quicker and easier to complete.
Lastly, a move to the Qualtrics Survey now allows collection of scores with two digits past the decimal instead of one.
Welcome to the biennial 2018-19 Faculty Library Survey Results where you will learn:
53 Faculty participated - Second highest ever!
Overall Score - 4.49 - Highest ever!
Highest Score - Library faculty and staff are courteous and helpful. - 4.84
Lowest Score - Online journals - 3.90.
Due to the strong growth in overall scores, the results were sometimes confusing. In more than one instance, a low score might be a very good score when looked at from an historical perspective.
Also, both Part Time and Graduate Faculty self reported that they were more engaged with the library than Full Time and Undergraduate Faculty, a counter-intuitive idea.
Faculty are becoming less concerned with physical collections and services and more concerned with digital.
Despite having over 40,000 online journals at their disposal, faculty see problems with having the RIGHT online journals and having to deal with long delays before content finally shows up in databases.