By Jennifer Albers-Smith
When it comes to student and instructor perceptions about academic libraries and research, some interesting insights are revealed – as well as lot of questions.
In spring 2015, Gale’s parent company, Cengage Learning, issued its Engagement Insights survey to some 3,000 students and nearly 700 professors, gathering feedback on different topics including how both audiences valued the library, how they often they took advantage of its resources and more.
Overall, the survey revealed students seem to value the library more than instructors – 90% of students say the library and its resources provide value to their academic and career goals versus only 80% of instructors. Students clearly see the value of the library but still 70% of students do not ask their campus librarians for help with course assignments. Why the disconnect? It’s a question that Gale and many of our customers are trying to answer and trying to change. What can we do to make students more comfortable in the library? How can we make the library a necessary and integral part of students’ and instructors’ daily workflow?
Disparities also exist among research skills as well. While students perceive their research skills to be good, instructors do not. Roughly three-quarters of students rated their research skills as good or very good, while more than half of professors say they are not confident in their students’ research ability.
These stats and more can be found in the infographic here. We encourage you to share these survey results, as well as provide your thoughts on the findings and ideas on how the academic library can be further engrained in student and instructor workflow in the comments section below.
Jennifer loves her children, dogs, and Jane Austen. She has a B.A. in English and Sociology from the University of Michigan, and spends her waking hours as a marketing director and feeding her family.