Research & Assessment Unit is a department within the Administrative Services Division of Cornell University Library. Research and Assessment Unit (RAU) assembles and assesses data to report on Library performance and to provide evidence and context for Library priority-setting and decision making. RAU provides four categories of services in support of high-priority, high-impact Library initiatives:

  • Report library performance statistics: RAU commissions data from unit providers and produces reports
  • Conduct research projects: RAU conducts in-depth literature reviews and applies other research techniques to produce topic-specific environmental scan reports
  • Conduct assessment projects: RAU designs surveys, focus groups, and other assessment instruments, administers them, analyzes and reports findings
  • Provide short-term consultation: RAU advises CUL projects in research and assessment design, execution, finding analysis, and reporting

For more information, go to the Research & Assessment Unit Web Page.

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  • 2011/12 Trends 

    Cornell University Library (2013-02)
    CUL trend data (2006/07-2011/12) on collections, collections use, services, facilities, staffing and expenditures.
  • 2010/11 Trends 

    Cornell University Library (2012-04)
    CUL trend data (2005/06-2010/11) on collections, collections use, services, facilities, staffing and expenditures.
  • 2009/2010 Annual Statistics 

    Cornell University Library (2011-03)
    CUL fiscal year input and output statistics on collections, services, expenditures, staffing, and facilities. Includes current and 6-year longitudinal data.
  • 2008/2009 Annual statistics 

    Cornell University Library (2010-03-01)
    CUL fiscal year input and output statistics on collections, services, expenditures, staffing and facilities. Includes current and 5-year, and unit and Library-wide data.
  • 2008/2009 Fact Sheet 

    Cornell University Library (2010-03-01)
    A ready reference subset of key data from CUL's Annual Statistics Report.
  • 2008/2009 ARL Preservation Statistics survey: CUL's response 

    Cornell University Library (2009-11-30)
    This ARL survey collects data on the preservation/conservation efforts of ARL members. Data is collected on: staffing; expenditures; conservation treatments; and preservation reformatting. CUL did not gather most FTE and ...
  • 2008/2009 ARL Supplementary Statistics survey: CUL's response 

    Cornell University Library (2009-11)
    ARL's supplementary survey serves as a testbed for new measures. Its current sections include: electronic books, use of networked electronic resources and services; library digitization activities; and volumes held ...
  • 2008/2009 ARL Statistics survey: CUL's response 

    Cornell University Library (2009-11)
    This main ARL survey collects data on: collections; expenditures; staffing; services; and institutional characteristics. Three publications are created from this data: the ARL Statistics (which for CUL includes Law but ...
  • Academic Libraries in the Media 

    Entlich, 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 ...
  • 2008 NCES Academic Libraries survey: CUL's response 

    Cornell University Library (2009-05-19)
    Federally mandated, NCES collects data from degree-granting postsecondary institutions (~3,700) on a biennial basis. Data is collected on collections, services, expenditures, staffing and facilities. This PDF includes ...
  • 2007/2008 ARL Preservation Statistics survey: CUL's response 

    Cornell University Library (2009-05-19)
    This ARL survey collects data on the preservation/conservation efforts of ARL members. Data is collected on: staffing; expenditures; conservation treatments; and preservation reformatting. As for the main survey, for ...
  • 2007/2008 ARL Statistics survey: CUL's response 

    Cornell University Library (2009-05-19)
    This main ARL survey collects data on: collections; expenditures; staffing; services; and institutional characteristics. Three publications are created from this data: the ARL Statistics (which for CUL includes Law but ...
  • Ivy Plus Library Benchmarks 

    Miller, 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 ...
  • 2007/2008 Statistical excerpt from the CUL Annual Report 

    Cornell University Library (2009-04-08)
    Statistical excerpt from the 2007/2008 CUL Annual Report (p.60-73). This new version replaces the earlier "summary version" of the CUL Annual Statistics. The full CUL Annual Report is available at http://www.library.co ...
  • 2007/2008 Annual statistics (full version) 

    Cornell University Library (2009-03-27)
    CUL fiscal year input and output statistics on collections, services, expenditures, staffing and facilities. Includes current and 5-year, and unit and Library-wide data.
  • Mann Graduate Student Survey, Fall 2005 

    Morris-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 ...
  • Library Student Worker Survey 

    Buckley, 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 ...
  • 2007/2008 Fact Sheet 

    Cornell University Library (2009-02-27)
    A ready reference subset of key data from CUL's Annual Statistics Report.
  • Book Usage Data Scan 

    Entlich, 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 ...
  • 2008 Environmental Scan of Goals 

    Entlich, 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 ...

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