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Dimensions and Use of the Scholarly Information Environment, 2001 (ICPSR 20241)

Principal Investigator(s): Healy, Leigh Watson, Outsell, Inc.


With this survey, researchers sought to obtain information regarding changing patterns of information use for teaching, learning, and research, and the implications of these changes on academic and research libraries. In collaboration with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Outsell, Inc., the Digital Library Foundation (DLF) initiated a research process to understand how library use is changing and to support future investigation and analysis. The primary goal of the questionnaire was to collect data on the relevance of existing and possible future services, as well as on student and faculty perceptions of the library's value in the context of the scholarly information environment. Other objectives included determining (1) what information resources are used to support research, teaching, and learning, and (2) how those sources and services are located, evaluated, and used by faculty and students at different kinds of institutions. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students were surveyed at public and private research universities and private liberal arts colleges in fall 2001. Respondents were asked questions regarding specific locations from which they access information, the accessibility of information equipment, and usage of hardcopy or electronic materials or reference resources. In addition, the survey asked respondents to identify preferred sources of information, including library resources, and the overall importance of the medium of sources. Finally, respondents were asked questions in regard to time devoted to information access and collection, as well as the effects of potential barriers on information accessibility. Specific questions were addressed to faculty, researchers, and students regarding the use of teaching-related resources, coursework-related materials, and course information availability.

Access Notes

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.

    One or more files in this collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more.

    To protect respondent privacy, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR Restricted Data Contract Portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.


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Study Description


Healy, Leigh Watson. Dimensions and Use of the Scholarly Information Environment, 2001. ICPSR20241-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20241.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20241.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Digital Library Federation
  • Council on Library and Information Resources

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic libraries, access to information, college faculty, college students, course content, information services, information sources, information technology, information use, information users, Internet, library collections, library services, media use, records, research, universities

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2001

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001 (Interviews began in fall 2001 and continuedover the course of two and a half months.)

Unit of Observation:    individual, institution

Universe:    Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students at public and private research universities and private liberal arts colleges.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

To facilitate use of this dataset using the Stata setup file or system file, users may need to adjust settings in Stata, such as dropping variables, increasing the amount of memory, or changing the maximum amount of variables. This list of actions is not all-inclusive.

The tables file (XLS) included with this collection contains individual tables for all variables, each sheet pertaining to a question, i.e., Introduction and Questions 1 through 35. Question 7R is divided into part one [7R(p1)] and part two [7R(p2)], while Question 24 is omitted in accordance with its removal by the data producer.

Provided by the producer, the data documentation file (XLS) included with this collection contains a partial list of variable and value labels, in addition to a matrix (sheet Q6_Q7) pertaining to question number, variable number, and question response, categorized by teaching, research, and student.

Variables INSTITUT and TITLE have been recoded to 'BLANKED' to protect respondent confidentiality.

No data was supplied for the variables CITY, STATEZIP, and ADDRESS. For further information, please contact the data producer.

Variable R7B_16 is noted in the PDF documentation, as well as the data documentation and tables files (XLS), but does not appear in the dataset.

In this dataset, all cases are coded as 'SYSMIS' for many variables. A list of these variables has been included in the codebook for reference.

Conducted by Outsell, Inc., Burlingame, CA, 2002.


Sample:    Stratified random sampling design.

Weight:    Please review the "Weighting Information" section located in the ICPSR codebook for this study.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-09-19



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