[Web4lib] Results from Survey of Library Services for Distance
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Wed Mar 19 11:34:32 EDT 2008
Primary Research Group Inc. has published The Survey of Library Services for
Distance Learning Programs (ISBN: 1-57440-098-3). The Survey of Library
for Distance Learning Programs presents benchmarking data from more than 100
libraries concerning their programs for serving their distance learning
students. This 145
page report gives extensive data, broken out by size and type of college,
for public and
private colleges, and for U.S. and Non-U.S. libraries. Among the more
than 500 tables of
data presented is information about: use of real time chat and virtual
for distance learners; percentage of libraries that offer special classes
for distance learners;
future plans to offer information literacy courses to distance learners;
providing web pages, blogs or listservs that specifically serve the needs of
learners; number of interactive online tutorials provided to distance
learners; state of
relations between the library and distance learning instructors and data on
many, many other facets of distance learning librarianship.
Some of the report’s many findings are that:
* Exactly half of survey respondents offered special classes or
training programs for distance learners. Non-U.S. libraries were 20% more likely
than U.S. libraries to offer such classes.
* Just over a third of the sample, 37%, offered any kind of formal
non-credit or credit course worth 1, 2, or 3 credits on the subject of
information literacy for either distance learners or traditional students.
* The majority of the sample, over 72%, had a Web page on the library
Website dedicated to the needs of distance learners.
* Private colleges reported almost 3 times the mean number of
interactive online tutorials as public colleges, as well as 3 times the median.
* Over a third of the sample had an equivalent to the traditional
orientation program for new distance learners. Over 40% of U.S. libraries and
16% of non-U.S. libraries had an orientation program for distance learners.
* Just over half of the sample, 53%, maintained agreements with other
libraries to offer services to the college's distance learners.
* Colleges with a smaller number of students enrolled in distance
learning tended to be more likely to have reciprocal agreements to provide
library services to the distance learning students of other colleges. Over 90% of
colleges with fewer than 250 FTE distance learners offered their library access
or services to students enrolled in other colleges' distance learning
programs, but just 47% of colleges with between 250 and 999 FTE distance learners
reported the same, as did 63% of colleges with between 1,000 and 2,000 FTE
distance learners and over 55% of colleges with over 2,000 FTE distance
* 78% of colleges with over 2,000 FTE distance learners had a liaison
to the distance learning program, compared with 68.4% of colleges with
between 1,000 to 2,000 FTE distance learners and 71% of colleges with fewer than
250 FTE distance learners.
* Just over 11% of the sample had a specific disbursement or line item
in the library budget for distance learning programs.
* The mean shipping costs accrued annually by sending physical books,
magazines and other educational materials to distance learners was $2,048,
with a median of $75 and maximum of $19,850.
* Just over half of the sample, over 52%, reported that they had no
restrictions on the delivery of books, articles and other paper versions of
intellectual property to distance learners, meaning that they deliver such
materials even if the students live close to campus.
* The vast majority of the sample, close to 89%, reported that the
cost of shipping library materials to distance learners was generally paid for
by the library
This 145 page reports presents a broad range of data about the relationship
between college libraries and distance learning programs. Data is broken out
for public and private colleges, by enrollment size and by carnegie class,
and other criteria, to allow for easier benchmarking.
For a complete table of contents, excerpts and other information, visit our
website at _www.primaryresearch.com_ (http://www.primaryresearch.com/) .
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