Ithaka 2006 Survey of US Academic Librarian Attitudes and Behaviors (ICPSR 22701)

Published: Nov 21, 2013

Principal Investigator(s):
Roger Schonfeld, Ithaka; Kevin Guthrie, Ithaka


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This study is designed to contribute to community understanding of the attitudes and behaviors of United States college and university librarians. This 2006 study builds upon studies that targeted United States faculty members in 2000 and 2003, and complements a similar study of United States faculty members that was conducted in 2006. Topics covered by this study include: the role of the library on the modern campus, impressions about electronic resources, digital institutional repositories, and the preservation of scholarly journals. This study was meant to develop a descriptive overview of librarians' attitudes, behaviors, perceptions, and priorities. It targeted collection development librarians at United States institutes of higher education, as well as some executive-level librarians at larger campuses (included to ensure an accurate reflection of high-level thinking in these types of schools). Respondents were asked questions such as "Which of the following best describes how your repositories are maintained or managed?" and "How important is working with faculty to incorporate information resources into their lectures and curricula?" Demographic information about institutional size was also gathered in this study.

An overview of major findings may be found on the Ithaka Web site.

Schonfeld, Roger, and Guthrie, Kevin. Ithaka 2006 Survey of US Academic Librarian Attitudes and Behaviors. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-11-21.

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2006-07 -- 2006-08

2006-07 -- 2006-08

Participants were recruited at random from lists of collection librarians and executive directors of libraries at United States institutes of higher education. Before taking the survey, participants were screened by phone to ensure that they played a substantial role in relevant decision-making. The sample was designed to meet quotas that were established to allow consideration of different profiles. The final sample included 373 respondents. Of the collection development librarians surveyed, 29 were at very large institutions, 37 at large, 107 at medium, 90 at small, and 85 at very small. Of the executive librarians surveyed, 12 were at very large institutions and 13 were at large ones.

Collection development librarians and executive librarians at United States colleges and universities.


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2013-11-21 The codebook has been updated.

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