Ithaka S+R Library Survey, United States, 2019 (ICPSR 37867)

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Jennifer Frederick, Ithaka S + R; Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S + R

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The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2019 examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of library deans and directors at not-for-profit four-year academic institutions across the United States. Respondents were asked about their strategies related to services and collections, discovery, budget and staffing, their leadership roles within and outside of the library, and their vision for the role of the library. Demographic variables include respondents' number of years in their position, respondents' age, their institution type (public/private), and Carnegie Classification.

Frederick, Jennifer, and Wolff-Eisenberg, Christine. Ithaka S+R Library Survey, United States, 2019. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-09-24. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37867.v1

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2019-10-22 -- 2019-12-02
2019-10-22 -- 2019-12-02
  1. For additional information on the Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2019, please visit the Ithaka S+R website.

  2. Questionnaire: Coded values are in parentheses (i.e. "(10)"). For matrix and multi-select questions, the variable names are below each item/statement in parentheses (i.e. "(Q3_1)").

This study aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about chief librarians' visions and the opportunities and challenges they face in leading their organizations.

The list of US institutions that Ithaka S+R sampled from for the 2019 survey was generated from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education database in a manner consistent with previous cycles. The population included institutions with any of the following nine "Basic" classifications:

  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate's
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts and Sciences Focus
  • Master's Colleges and Universities: Small Programs
  • Master's Colleges and Universities: Medium Programs
  • Master's Colleges and Universities: Larger Programs
  • Doctoral/Professional Universities
  • Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity

This generated a list of 1,608 colleges and universities in the United States. Of these, 89 were excluded for a variety of reasons: they closed or lost accreditation, they did not operate their own library, there was no active library director, or the library director couldn't be identified.One individual from each institution was chosen as the contact person for the survey. Our final list of contacts included 1,481 library directors. This list included 30 individuals who serve as the director of the library for multiple institutions. Of the 1,481 individuals we attempted to contact, 39 email invitations bounced or failed. This brought our total population of invited directors to 1,442.

Cross-sectional

Library deans and directors at not-for-profit four-year academic institutions across the United States.

Individual

Respondents were asked about their strategies related to services and collections, discovery, budget and staffing, their leadership roles within and outside of the library, and their vision for the role of the library. Demographic variables include respondents' number of years in their position, respondents' age, their institution type (public/private), and Carnegie Classification.

The overall response rate was 46 percent, and response rates varied by Carnegie Classification. For additional information regarding response rates, please see the full report from the Ithaka S+R website.

2020-09-24

2020-09-24 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.

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  • Curation and dissemination of this study is provided by the institutional members of ICPSR, and data is available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. To determine if you are at a member institution, check the list of ICPSR member institutions, or learn more about becoming a member.