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2011 library survey
In the October 2011 library survey, over 7000 MIT members responded, an excellent overall response rate of 44%. (Response rates by community: 47% of the undergraduates, 46% of the grad students, 32% of faculty, 49% of postdocs and 36% of other research and academic staff.) Findings indicate that:
- Faculty and graduate students continue to place priority in providing more library content in electronic form.
- Undergraduates prioritize capturing more videos of MIT class lectures, as well as longer library hours.
- Importance and use of electronic journals to most communities has risen slightly since 2008, the previous library survey, while importance and use of print journals has dropped slightly since that time.
- While a large percentage of the MIT community prefers journals and conference proceedings/collections of papers in electronic form, a majority of respondents prefer or strongly prefer fiction and textbooks in print.
- While most students choose their home or dorm room to work or study, at least half of all students choose "one of the MIT Libraries" as one of their three preferred study spots.
- Students who have been in a class where a librarian taught techniques for finding information are significantly more likely to be aware of library resources and services than other students.
- Although the largest share of starting points for finding books and articles in electronic form comes from Google, Barton and library databases are each one of the top three most likely starting points for these searches.
As the analysis of the data continues we will work to improve library resources and services informed by this feedback.
Several blog stories describe specific results:
Below are the survey instrument and a variety of tables and graphs with summary results.
Q1 - Information Resources - Awareness and Importance (PDF)
This question gathered information about how our information resources, such as e-journals and e-books, images for use in academic research, and other collections are valued.
Q2-Q3 - Information Resources - Use and Use by Location (PDF)
These questions asked about how the MIT community uses various information resources.
Q4-Q6 - Information Resources - Electronic vs. print, Browsing Behavior, and Open Access (PDF)
These questions asked about preferences for electronic and print formats, browsing patterns, and faculty awareness of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.
Q7-Q8 - Use of Spaces - Visits and Satisfaction (PDF)
These questions focused on how the MIT community uses the MIT Libraries spaces.
Q9-Q10 - Use of Spaces - Work Spaces & Improvements (PDF)
These questions asked where the MIT community prefers to work, and what might improve the Libraries' spaces.
Q11 - Service - Awareness and Importance (PDF)
This question asked about the value of various library services, such as the web pages, the library catalog, RSS feeds to new books, and more.
Q12-Q13 - Service - E-journal & E-book Searching (PDF)
These questions explored how the MIT community searches for electronic journal articles on a topic, and specific books in electronic form.
Q14-Q15 - Service - Mobile (PDF)
These questions asked about the MIT community's use of mobile devices.
Q16-Q23 - Service - Instruction (PDF)
These questions ask about the value and impact of instruction from librarians.
Q24, Q26, Q28 - Tell Us (PDF)
These questions gather information to help the Libraries' prioritize.