Rice University’s Fondren Library partnered with Ithaka S+R to administer an online survey in Spring 2015 to inform and improve library services. Faculty were surveyed on three topics, including: Digital Research Activities, Data Preservation & Management, and Discovery. Undergraduates and graduate students were invited to participate in a 10-minute national survey on library services that was also administered at many other universities, including UNC Chapel Hill, the University of Chicago, and Swarthmore. The faculty survey has been done at Harvard, Tulane, Baylor, and Princeton. Fondren Library used the results of the survey to inform a recent website redesign and to generate ideas for service enhancements.
Research staff from Ithaka S+R visited the campus in May 2015 to present the findings to Fondren Library and worked with the Rice community to understand the results. The Faculty Survey and the Student Survey provided a heightened awareness of campus needs and helped library leaders to manage changes in the research process.
More information about the survey can be found at the Ithaka S+R website, http://sr.ithaka.org/content/surveys.
For questions or comments about the Survey, please contact: Debra Kolah (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sandi Edwards (email@example.com).
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