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Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies (ICPSR 30001)

Principal Investigator(s): Schonfeld, Roger C., Ithaka S+R; Housewright, Ross, Ithaka S+R


Similar to the 2006 study, "Ithaka 2006 Survey of US Higher Education Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors" (ICPSR 22700), this survey examined faculty attitudes and behaviors on key issues ranging from the library as an information gateway and the need for preservation of scholarly material, to faculty engagement with institutional disciplinary repositories and thoughts about open access. Respondents were asked to identify the primary resource they used for locating information for their research, provide their opinion on the transition of hardcopy library collections to electronic versions, as well as accessing or disseminating scholarly content, and gauge their dependence on college or university libraries in conducting research. In addition, respondents were asked how important various library resources and library and scholarly societies were to their research or teaching, and how important they expect library resources will be in five years. Respondents were queried about their use of electronic search engines, and how often certain methods were used to find information in academic journals. In addition, the survey gathered respondent information on whether they deposited various types of electronic materials or used content deposited by others, the type of repository to which they deposited content, and the importance of long-term electronic data preservation. Lastly, respondents were asked whether they owned an electronic reading device, whether audio or video recordings of their courses were available online, and to rate the importance certain characteristics of academic journals had on influencing their decision of whether or not to publish an article in that journal. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, job title, primary academic field, number of years in current position and field, and view of self as a researcher or teacher.

Series: Ithaka S R Surveys of Higher Education Series

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Study Description


Schonfeld, Roger C., and Ross Housewright. Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies. ICPSR30001-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-11-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30001.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30001.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic libraries, college faculty, data, databases, digital preservation, libraries, library collections, library services, research, teacher attitudes, technological change, technology

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2009-09-11--2009-11-17

Date of Collection:   

  • 2009-09-11--2009-11-17

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    This study covers faculty members at 4-year colleges and universities in the United States, covering the major arts and sciences fields and several major professional fields, but specifically excluding faculty in the health sciences.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

In the questionnaire, the column "Base" indicates whether a certain question was asked of Booklet A only, Booklet B only, or total. The variable BOOKLETCODE defines the separate groups.

The total number of interviews is 3,023. The Primary Investigator has indicated that a total of 3,025 completed responses were received and tabulated.

Further information on this study, including the full report, may be found at the Ithaka S+R Web Site.


Sample:    35,184 participants were selected via an "every nth" selection from listed sources of faculty members. Certain disciplines were over-sampled in order to allow analysis of subgroups of particular importance, with care taken to ensure that the over-sampling did not disproportionately effect overall results. Out of the 35,184 survey questionnaire booklets that were mailed, 3,025 responses were received and tabulated.

Weight:    Weights are indicated for each response in the "WEIGHT" variable.

Mode of Data Collection:    mail questionnaire

Response Rates:    8.6 percent

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.

Restrictions: One or more files in this study are subjected 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:   2011-05-04

Version History:

  • 2013-11-15 The codebook has been updated.

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