Faculty/Graduate Student Surveys Project: Key points
Why is UO Libraries launching this project now?
The aim of this survey project is to understand, in this new era of hybrid teaching, research, and learning, how faculty and graduate students access library resources, use library spaces, conduct disciplinary research, engage in teaching practices, and perceive UO Libraries services, collections, and facilities.
The Libraries has not participated in implementing a large-scale online survey to gather feedback from students and faculty since 2018. Since then, the pandemic has changed teaching and research practices. Now, there is more remote teaching, online learning, and use of online platforms to collaborate and communicate. Students are in greater need of online tools, access to librarians online and maybe less in need of physical library spaces than prior to COVID-19. To better understand the needs of graduate students and faculty today, the Libraries will implement an online survey to both groups in spring term 2022. Survey data will provide evidence of how faculty and graduate students practice teaching, conduct research in their discipline, and perceive the role of the libraries. As a learning organization, it is essential the libraries continuously use tools such as surveys to stay current with the needs of these two important patron groups.
Through examination of faculty and graduate student survey response data, UO Libraries will be able to:
To implement this survey, the Libraries will be partnering with Ithaka S+R, a well-known and respected consulting firm which works with research libraries to improve services, collections, and spaces through survey research. We will purchase both their local faculty survey and graduate/professional student survey to implement in the spring term. Ithaka S+R has fielded the local faculty survey triennially since the year 2000 and this is aligned with a national survey most recently conducted in 2021. We will be able to compare our faculty response data with our peer research libraries across the country.