Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for Fixed Computer Workstations
Number of Fixed Computer Workstations in the Library
We asked: How many fixed workstations do you have in your library primarily for patron access? And for staff exclusively? Mean, median, minimum, and maximum responses were collected.
Considering patron access first, the mean for the entire sample was just over 90.
The mean at public institutions (121.71) almost tripled that of the private institutions, at 45.56.
Typically, the more the institution approached research status, the higher the mean for patron access to workstations. The junior colleges averaged 73.50 fixed workstations, compared with 176.60 for research institutions.
The study looks closely at academic library plans for fixed workstations in the age of mobile computing. It helps to answer questions such as: are libraries planning to maintain, increase or cut back on the number of fixed workstations? Which suppliers are they planning to use in the future? Which brands? What percentage of their fixed workstations are for personnel and what percentage for patrons? How many are used in Infocommons and other specialized rooms and applications and how many are for general patron or staff use? What kind of features, software or applications are they supplied with?The report is based on a survey of 84 academic library directors, deans and provosts; data is broken out for college enrollment, public/private status, college tuition level, type or Carnegie class of college and numerous personal characteristics of the survey participants.
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