International Survey of Medical & Other Life Sciences Faculty: Evaluation of the Library (ISBN No:978-157440-456-2 )

The report presents data from a survey of 180 medical and life sciences faculty from more than 50 research universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and Ireland.  The study gives highly detailed data on how faculty evaluate medical and other life sciences oriented libraries in medical and dental schools, schools of public health, and university departments of chemistry and biology, among others.   Data is presented separately for evaluation of inter-library loan services, databases, eBook collections and services, journals collections, data curation and archiving services, general reference services, knowledge and service of library subject specialists and other areas of library services.  The study also presents commentary on what survey participants most like and dislike about their medical or academic libraries, how often they visit, and how productive their library is compared to other departments or services that serve the life sciences at their universities and medical schools.

Data is broken out by more than 10 criteria, and is presented separately for public and private universities, by age, gender, academic title, country, academic field, university ranking, level of tuition and other variables.

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

  • 24.24% of those sampled were highly satisfied with their library’s inter-library loan services.
  • Only 4.88% of faculty sampled in universities with a US News & World Report ranking below 135 were highly satisfied with their eBook collections, much lower satisfaction ratings than for more highly ranked universities.
  • Medical school faculty were much happier than those in other schools or faculties with their library’s data curation and archiving services; 27.66% of medical school faculty were highly satisfied.
  • For library information technology, men were in general easier to please than women; nearly 26% of the men were highly satisfied with the library’s information technology vs. only 16.44% of women.  

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.

Libraries

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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