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Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of US Higher Education Faculty 2023, Requesting the Library to Purchase New Materials, ISBN 979-8-88517-130-4

  • 1.  Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of US Higher Education Faculty 2023, Requesting the Library to Purchase New Materials, ISBN 979-8-88517-130-4

    Posted Feb 14, 2023 05:48 AM

    Primary Research Group Inc. has published the Survey of US Higher Education Faculty 2023, Requesting the Library to Purchase New Materials, ISBN 979-8-88517-130-4

    This 73-page report gives extensive and detailed data on who, how often, and for what kinds of materials, do faculty request that their academic libraries make purchases of new resources.  The study also gives detailed data on just how often such requests are fulfilled and for whom, enabling readers of the study to compare effective fulfillment rates – for example – for male vs female faculty, or full professors vs. instructors or associate professors – or Caucasian vs. Asian origin faculty – or faculty in visual arts vs. those in economics or history. 

    The study gives unique data sets for requests for each of the following types of materials; databases, journals and other periodicals, print books, eBooks, and audio-visual resources.  For each type of resource, the study shows which faculty most often make requests, and 13 tables of data highlight demand for each type of resources.

    Just a few of this unique report's many findings are that:

    ·        Faculty in history were the most likely to consider their library extremely responsive to their requests.

    ·        The likelihood of requesting the library to purchase a print book was strongly positively correlated with the personal age of the respondent.

    ·        Nearly 27% of tenured faculty had ever requested their library to order an eBook for them.

    ·        Respondents at private colleges made more than twice the number of new materials requests per capita to their academic libraries than faculty from public colleges.

    This study is based on data from a survey of 806 higher education faculty randomly chosen from nearly 500 colleges and universities in the USA. Data is broken out by personal variables such as work title, gender, personal income level, academic discipline, age and other variables, as well as institutional indicators such as college or university type or Carnegie class, enrollment size, public or private status and others.

    For a table of contents, the questionnaire and an excerpt – view the product page at: https://www.primaryresearch.com/AddCart.aspx?ReportID=749



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    James Moses
    President
    Primary Research Group Inc.
    jmoses@primaryresearch.com
    www.primaryresearch.com
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