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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Recent Submissions

  • Fine-tuning the acoustics of libraries at colleges and universities 

    Rosenbaum, Joyce E.; Krumhansl, Carol L.; Hove, Michael J. (Cornell University, Department of Physics and Department of Psychology, 2007-03)
    The research to be discussed in this paper seeks to discover if the acoustics of library spaces matters in people's preferences for different rooms and if it affects people's performance in their work. This research ...
  • 2005/2006 Annual statistics (full version) 

    Cornell University Library (Cornell University Library, 2007-02)
    CUL fiscal year input and output statistics on collections, services, expenditures, staffing and facilities. Includes current year, 7-year, unit and library-wide data.
  • 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 ...

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