ItemAcademic Libraries in the MediaEntlich, Richard (2009-07-31)Research and Assessment Unit reviewed references to academic libraries, including Cornell, within the Chronicle of Higher Education, and noted their subject emphasis, level of detail, frequency of appearance, along with other characteristics. Also provided was some data about the general coverage received by other prominent academic institutions in the United States, and some general data about the coverage of Cornell in all media. ItemIvy Plus Library BenchmarksMiller, Linda; Koltay, Zsuzsa (2009-04)To inform the strategic budget planning exercise that Cornell is undertaking for the continued reduction of expenditures, the following library benchmarking data was assembled to answer questions about the level of relative support, intensity of use, level of staffing and staff efficiency at Cornell University Library and its Ivy Plus peers. Our analysis shows that Cornell, when put into the context of institutional characteristics, ranks significantly lower on measures relating to financial support (expenditures, collections and staffing) than on measures that show how heavily students use our services and staff efficiency. ItemMann Graduate Student Survey, Fall 2005Morris-Knower, Jim (2005-11)Graduate students in CALS and CHE affiliated programs were contacted by email the first week of October 2005 and asked to participate in a fifteen question web survey about how they typically find out about events on campus & at Mann and what types of library news they would be interested in hearing about. The survey ran online from the beginning of October 2005 until the beginning of November 2005; by the time it closed, 237 graduate students had responded. ItemLibrary Student Worker SurveyBuckley, Ellie (2007-03-26)RAU conducted this survey at the request of the Interim University Librarian. The purpose was to determine the extent to which student workers feel working in the library has improved their academic experience. A majority (84%) of Library student workers indicated that they are satisfied to very satisfied with their library job. Most respondents felt that working in the Library improved their study/research practices (68%), improved their knowledge of library services (98%), and improved their educational experience in other ways (80%), and nearly one-third (32%) felt that it helped their grades. Most (79%) think that library should expand student job opportunities. See full report for cautions interpreting the data. ItemBook Usage Data ScanEntlich, Richard; Miller, Linda; Leary, Joanne (2008-10-31)This document provides some preliminary data on national trends in reading of books, purchase of books, and book publishing. It also provides data on monographic stacks circulation charges for Olin and Engineering. Recent national data shows a decline in book reading, especially among high school and college students, and other young adults. Book purchase revenue is either flat or increasing slightly, but this appears to be the result of inflation, since the actual number of titles purchased has declined. Olin and Engineering monographic circulation data (every other year, from 2001/2002 to 2007/2008) show that faculty charges have generally increased, while student charges have generally dropped. Overall circulation has also decreased. Item2008 Environmental Scan of GoalsEntlich, Richard (2008-10-20)This report reviews and summarizes the 2008 Cornell Strategic Plan along with the associated goals and priorities of individual Cornell schools and colleges, and analyzes their content relative to CUL's stated goals and priorities for 2007-2010. The goal is to determine if the library's goals align with and if the library's goals directly link to the colleges for what they identify as their priorities, and to identify gaps between the two. Results and analysis suggest that some modifications to the CUL goals might be useful in order to align them better with those of other academic units on campus. It is likely that more direct information gathering from college officials would evoke a clearer and more robust connection between CUL's and their goals and priorities. ItemReference Statistics Reporting System Transaction CountsBuckley, Ellie (2007-08-10)The purpose of this project was to analyze reference transaction data in order to support decisions for optimizing staffing at the reference desks in Olin and Uris Libraries. Data about reference transactions have been compiled for over a year in the RSRS system. Using a subset of the RSRS data, this report presents charts and tables of the number of transactions that were submitted by hour, day of week, week, and month over a one-year period. Transaction category, duration, mode, and staff data are reported. Some limitations of the data and recommendations for further research are discussed. Olin and Uris Library reference desks sees the most traffic during the fall and spring semesters (fall more than spring), early in the work week and at midday hours. Olin Library reported an average of 636 transactions per week during the fall semester, 500 transactions per week during the spring semester, and an average of 321 transactions per week during the summer break. Uris reported an average of 107 transactions per week during the fall semester and 92 per week transactions during the spring semester. ItemUser Survey for the Cornell University LibrariesGautschi, David (1980-07)This report includes results of a major survey of the Cornell research community's evaluation of the libraries' research support performance and capabilities. The survey population included faculty, graduate students, and professional library staff. Survey instruments were pre-tested during June and July 1979. Questionnaires were then tailored to the three populations of interest. Actual data were collected from the three populations during the period October-December 1979. Completed surveys included 910 from faculty and full-time research staff and over 1000 from graduate students. ItemOlin Library Digital Sign EvaluationEntlich, Richard (2008-12-18T19:28:15Z)The Olin Library Communications Department installed a digital sign in Olin's lobby in order to facilitate communication with users. The sign has been used to promote library events, services, and resources. Library Communications requested that Research and Assessment Unit (RAU) conduct an evaluation of the sign's effectiveness in reaching its audience and the impact of the messages it displays. RAU conducted a paper survey within the library. For two weeks, four large "ballot boxes" offering surveys to library users were placed in different locations on Olin's first floor. A total of 269 competed surveys were turned in, about 90% of which came from undergraduate and graduate students. A large number of comments were gathered. The sign is being noticed and has an impact, but changes to its physical environment and the design of messages may help make it more effective. ItemWhat do users think of us? Mining three years of CUL LibQUAL+ data (Word doc)O'Brien, Liane; Miller, Linda; Li, Xin (2008-07-24T19:24:02Z)This study of CUL's LibQUAL+ data was presented on May 21, 2008 at CUL's Professional Development Week. The PowerPoint file is located in CUL's eCommons: http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/handle/1813/10842 . This report records the narrative of the presentation to help CUL colleagues better understand the many graphs in the PowerPoint. There were two goals for the study. First, we wanted to determine what longitudinal data could be mined from past LibQUAL+ surveys' core questions. Second, as CUL considers if and when it would like to administer the LibQUAL+ survey again, we wanted to get a sense from CUL staff of how useful that data is to their decision making processes. The study aimed to identify trends, as well as areas where CUL has done well, and where it needs improvement. CUL administered LibQUAL+ four times: in 2001, 2002, 2003 and again in 2005. The 2001 survey data was not included in this analysis due to the pilot nature of that year. ItemWhat do users think of us? Mining three years of CUL LibQUAL+ data (PowerPoint presentation)O'Brien, Liane; Miller, Linda; Li, Xin (2008-05-22T19:43:29Z)This PowerPoint was presented at CUL's Professional Development Week on May 21, 2008. It presents a longitudinal view of CUL's LibQUAL+ data for the "core questions" that were asked in each of the three 2002, 2003 and 2005 surveys. The analysis focuses on showing similarities and differences between patron groups. ItemLibQUAL+ 2005 survey. Cornell University Library.Association of Research Libraries (ARL); Texas A&M University (Association of Research Libraries, 2005)Cornell University Library's (CUL's) 2005 LibQUAL+ results. This report was produced by LibQUAL+ for Cornell University Library. LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). For more information, visit www.libqual.org. ItemLibQUAL+ Spring 2003 Survey. Institution Results. Cornell University Library.Association of Research Libraries (ARL); Texas A&M University (Assocation of Research Libraries, 2003)Cornell University Library's (CUL's) 2003 LibQUAL+ results. This report was produced by LibQUAL+ for Cornell University Library. LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). For more information, visit www.libqual.org. ItemLibQUAL+ Spring 2002 survey results - Cornell University LibraryAssociation of Research Libraries (ARL); Texas A&M University (Association of Research Libraries, 2002-06)Cornell University Library's (CUL's) 2002 LibQUAL+ results. This report was produced by LibQUAL+ for Cornell University Library. LibQUAL+ is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). For more information, visit www.libqual.org. ItemCount of items by LC Class (Olin stacks) showing # of unique items checked out by each patron group from June 2000 through 8/8/07Leary, Joanne (2008-04-09T20:08:23Z)This report was created for the Olin Renovation Committee. It provides counts of Olin LC monograph and serial volumes by floor and LC classification, and how many unique volumes in each class were circulated since CUL went to Voyager in June of 2000. For each class, it reports: the number of unique items circulated, the percentage of unique volumes circulated; how many unique volumes in each class were circulated to each patron group (excluding departmental processing cards); and the sum of unique volumes circulated over all patron groups per the number of unique volumes that had circulated. Note that not all serials are yet barcoded; see report for additional data limitations. ItemSerial item records added for Olin from 2002 through August 27, 2007Miller, Linda (2008-04-08T15:02:21Z)This report was created for the Olin Renovation Committee. It counts the number of serial item records added to the Olin stacks from 2002 to August 27, 2007 by floor, LC classification and year. An average for 2002-2006 is included. Note that not all serials are yet barcoded; see report for additional data limitations. ItemMonographic item records added for Olin from 2002 through August 27, 2007Miller, Linda (2008-04-08T15:00:14Z)This report was created for the Olin Renovation Committee. It counts the number of monographic item records added to the Olin stacks from 2002 to August 27, 2007 by floor, LC classification and year. Because of the Backlog Reduction and recon projects, various estimated yearly averages are included to help users get a feel for what future figures might be. See report for more information on data limitations. ItemItems with LC call numbers charged out from Olin on 8/29/07Pettis, Lydia (2008-04-08T14:46:56Z)This report was created for the Olin Renovation Committee. It counts the number of Olin stacks items with LC call numbers charged out on 8/29/07, by LC class and shelving size. ItemHistoric circulation of Olin monographs and serials by LC classPettis, Lydia (2008-04-08T14:40:32Z)This report was created for the Olin Renovation Committee. It provides counts of Olin LC monograph and serial volumes by floor and LC classification, and reports on their online circulation as of 8/20/07. For each LC class, it counts the number of volumes that had and hadn't circulated online (since 2000), and the total number of online charges. It also reports the percentage of items that had circulated per class, historical charges per item circulated per class, and historical charges per item per class. Note that not all serials are yet barcoded; see report for additional data limitations. ItemOlin Library Carrel UsersBuckley, Ellie (2007-11-16)The purpose of this report is to present information about the users of Olin Library study carrels and reading rooms. This work was request by Michelle Eastman, on behalf of Anne Kenney, Interim University Librarian. This information will be used for internal CUL purposes, specifically to help Anne prepare for discussion and informational meetings with faculty ?advisors? and other user groups about possible configurations of faculty studies, carrels, graduate study rooms, and other spaces in the context of Olin Library?s upcoming renovation. This report contains: a discussion of the issues related to CUL?s locked carrels; a discussion about the counts of faculty and graduate students; tables that present the counts of graduate students and counts of faculty, and a brief list of resources and a few related highlights from the library literature.