Winter 2013 Survey
SLAC survey findings
The Student Library Advisory Council (SLAC) advises Kennedy Library on behalf of Cal Poly students.
The Student Library Advisory Council Winter 2013 Student Survey was sent out to 20% of the student body with 693 respondents completing the entire survey and another 275 weighing in on select questions. Here, we're highlighting our findings to show the library's past responses to student demands while addressing new and constantly changing needs.
Check out the full results here: SLAC 2013 Survey Summary
45% of the entire student body visits the library three or more times a week.
As the central research hub on campus, Kennedy Library offers a broad range of services Cal Poly students need to further their academic success. An average of 21,000 visitors per week filter in through the library doors. Over the summers of 2011 and 2012 we expanded seating options, made new additions to the Data Studio, and created more collaboration options to make the library your number-one-choice location to work. Among all of the colleges, students in the College of Engineering frequent the library the most, with 27% using Kennedy Library at least 4 or more times a week. Overall, first-year students visit the library the least, utilizing it less than once a week. In contrast, Cal Poly Seniors frequent the library the most--more than 4 times a week! This information supports the statistic that 52% of off campus students use the library more than 3 times a week, whereas only 37% of on-campus students use the library more than 3 times a week.
33% of respondents said it's "very important" to improve course reserves.
Textbooks for free? It's true! Course reserves consist of highly sought out books and electronic class materials held at the circulation desk for specific classes and short-term circulation. With the demand for more affordable quality class materials, the need for course reserves expansion has taken the spotlight. In 2009-20010 alone, our reserves were accessed over 40,000 times! It's no wonder why, in total, 80% of our students rated the improvement of this service as "important" or "very important."
In spring 2012, the library received an increase of $26,000 to help cover publisher inflation in critical digital resources and to improve our course reserves services, and in summer 2012, the library launched our Reserves Redesign team. Among the primary goals of this group is to improve student satisfaction through providing faster access and increasing our supply of affordable resources. This year, the library will be hiring an Open Education Library Fellow to help us, in the words of University Librarian Anna Gold, "put more free, high quality tools for learning into the hands of students of all ages, as well as their teachers."
90% of students were satisfied with the current collaborative technology available to them.
The library is not only a great place to do your independent study, but a place that creates many opportunities to facilitate group collaboration. Our 2013 survey suggests that students were satisfied with the collaborative technology available to them. The most commonly used methods were simple e-mail attachments, flash drives, and Google Drive. Use of library-furnished resources includes dry-erase boards and TV/HDMI projectors. Particularly popular are the "fishbowl" collaboration rooms, with newly improved reservation system. Less than 2% of the respondents said they did not use any form of collaborative technology. In Fall 2012, the new and innovative Data Studio, located in room 111, brought about a revolutionary turn in collaboration at the Kennedy Library. The studio provides TV/HDMI projectors, computer stations, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, giving students a new way to share and present their ideas.
49% say wireless printing is "very important."
Kennedy Library currently provides over 20 different printing locations spread across its five floors. Based on strong support from the Fall 2010 student survey, campus is now a little greener by defaulting print settings to "double-sided." Our recent addition of wireless printing your personal laptop has broadened your ability to utilize printing stations. In addition to printing stations, about 30% of students value accessibility to copy machines, scanners, and specialty printing services from Cal Poly Print & Copy.
Thank you students!
Thanks to SLAC and to the hundreds of students who took the survey and who also made hundreds of useful comments. The Library loves hearing from students and we appreciate all your input. It will make Kennedy an even better library and improve every student's Cal Poly experience!