Survey Regarding Library Resources

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2017 Library Resource Survey Results

In response to the library’s proposal of potential Ejournal and database cancellations, graduate and professional students at the University of Montana were prompted with a survey regarding electronic library resource availability.  This survey was distributed in order to assess student dependence on these library resources.  The survey was open from Sept 15-22 (2017) and garnered 469 responses.

Figure 1:  Percentages showing degree stage of respondents

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Figure 1 shows that a majority (71%) of respondents were in either year one or two of their degree program.

 Figure 2:  Field of study among survey participants 

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Figure 3:  Responses indicate that library resources are extremely important for degree completion 
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 On a scale from 1-10, students rated how important library resources are for their degree completion (1 = unimportant, 10 = extremely important).  With a mean of 9.27, it’s clear that students find library resources critical for degree completion. 

Figure 4:  Electronic library resource availability can affect student retention
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Figure 4 shows that 61% of student responses fell between 5-10, corresponding to the prompts: these cuts would prevent them from completing their degree on schedule (5) to they would consider transferring to another university if these cuts are implemented (10).  13% alone reported that they would consider transferring to another university to complete their degree.  This indicates that electronic resources are not only pivotal for degree completion, but also for student retention.  Since a majority of students who filled out this survey are in years one or two of their program, this could really impact the university as a whole. 

Figure 5:  Students report that electronic journal access is very important when determining where they have chosen/will choose to learn and work

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With an average response of 7.9, Figure 5 supports how salient electronic journal availability is for determining where students want to learn and work ( 1= unimportant, 10 = extremely important).  

Figure 6:  Students prefer electronic library resources to hard copies

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In Figure 6, students were asked if they would support a transition at the library from hard copies of journals, to predominately electronic resources (1 = don’t support and 10 = fully support).  Respondents show a clear preference for electronic resources. 

Figure 7:  Most students access electronic library resources daily

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Students anticipated using electronic library resources frequently in the coming academic year (Figure 7:  1 = not at all, 5 = a couple times per month, 10 = daily).  42% report that they utilize electronic resources daily, and most responses (75%) fell between 8-10, illustrating that a large majority of students access electronic resources regularly.

Figure 8:  Students don’t often access journals outside of their respective fields

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Figure 8 shows that students don’t frequently access journals outside of their field (1 = not at all, 10 = daily).