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Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2013 (ICPSR 35352)

Principal Investigator(s): Schonfeld, Roger C., Ithaka S+R; Long, Matthew P., Ithaka S+R


The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2013 was an opinion-based survey of academic library deans and directors at four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The survey aimed to measure attitudes related to library direction and strategy, staffing levels, budgeting priorities for material resources, print and electronic collections management, and the role of the library in promoting information literacy. Respondents were also asked to detail strategies for enhancing information discovery services in order to meet the changing needs of students and researchers. Information regarding the size and type of each respondent's educational institution was also recorded.

Series: Ithaka S R Surveys of Higher Education Series

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Study Description


Schonfeld, Roger C., and Matthew P. Long. Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2013. ICPSR35352-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-10-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35352.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35352.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic libraries, access to information, attitudes, budgets, college faculty, colleges, databases, digital preservation, education, higher education, information dissemination, information literacy, information management, information science, information services, libraries, library collections, library science, library services, postsecondary education, research, research institutes, universities

Geographic Coverage:    Canada, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2013

Date of Collection:   

  • 2013-10-02--2013-10-28

Unit of Observation:    individual, academic institution

Universe:    Library deans and directors at 4-year colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For additional information on the Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2013, and the Ithaka S+R Surveys of Higher Education Series, please visit the Ithaka S+R Web site.


Study Purpose:    This study aimed to understand library deans' and directors' perspectives with regard to setting goals for their libraries, making strategic planning decisions, and working with other administrators at their colleges and universities.

Study Design:   

Ithaka S+R used the Carnegie Foundation's database of United States institutions as a base for the 2013 survey; this database was last updated in 2010. The list of all not-for-profit institutions from these classifications contained 1570 colleges and universities in the United States. From this list of 1570 institutions, 62 were excluded from the survey population, due to a variety of reasons (e.g., many of them did not operate their own library, some had no active library director, and some institutions had either closed or lost their accreditation). The survey was fielded to one individual at each institution who had oversight over the library and its staff.

The membership of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) was used as the base list for the Canadian survey; as of July 2013, this list contained 92 institutions. Nine of these institutions were excluded, either because they shared a library with a larger institution, or because they were very small, specialized institutions. The final list included library directors at 83 Canadian institutions.

For additional information regarding survey methodology, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.

Sample:    No sampling was used. The survey was sent to all members of the survey universe.

Weight:    The data are not weighted.

Mode of Data Collection:    web-based survey

Response Rates:    The combined response rate was 33.2 percent. Response rates varied for United States and Canadian institutions, and also varied by institution type, and by Carnegie classification. For additional information regarding response rates, please see the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR Codebook.

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Restrictions: One or more files in this study are subject to special restrictions, and questionnaires are protected under copyright; only ICPSR member users can login and download. The files in this study may not be used for any purpose other than non-commercial statistical reporting and analysis.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-10-10

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