Medical & Other Scientific Librarian Use of Google and its Features & Apps (ISBN No:978-157440-429-6 )

This 230+page study looks at how librarians from 31 medical and other scientific libraries are using Google and its features such as Gmail, Drive, Google Scholar, Google Books, Google Forms, YouTube, Google Images, Google Advanced Search, Chrome and many other Google features and apps.  Survey participants include librarians from an array of 31 academic and scientific institutions including but not limited to Harvard Medical School, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, the University of Leeds, Johns Hopkins University’s William H. Welch Medical Library, the University of North Carolina Health Science Library, Kaiser Permanente, NHS Education for Scotland, Vanderbilt University and the University of London’s St George’s, among many others.

Data in the report is broken out by many variables including type of institution, scientific focus, age gender and work title of survey participant, among other variables.  Data is broken out separately for academic medical school libraries, academic scientific libraries and non-education sector medical/scientific libraries.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that: 

  • Survey participants used the Google search engine for roughly 55% of their online searches, this percentage is somewhat higher among participants in academic medical libraries and those focused primarily on medicine, biology or pharmacology.
  • 38.71% of survey participants use Google Maps very often and 29.03% use it often, whereas 16.13% report seldom or no use at all.
  • Use of Google Advanced Search is especially popular among participants in academic medical libraries, 58.34% of whom find it quite useful or essential, and by participants working in reference or information literacy, 70% of whom feel the same.
  • On average, survey participants spent 3.68 hours using YouTube over the past month use was disproportionately by female participants, participants under forty, and those in academic medical libraries.


Higher Education Management

Report coverage in this topic area includes: marketing, enrollment and public relations; advancement and fundraising; international and domestic student services; retention and assessment; technology management, facilities managment, and much more.

Law Firm and Law Library Management

Reports in this area can be roughly grouped into 4 types: surveys of law libraries, surveys of attorneys in major law firms, surveys of management personnel in major law firms, and surveys of law school faculty and administrators.


Subject areas covered include: content management, materials purchasing, facilities management, digitization, purchasing and negotiations, open access and digital repositories, personnel management and training, budgeting, fundraising and much more.

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