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Survey of Academic Library Upper Management: Use of the Library by Higher Education Administration

Survey of Academic Library Upper Management: Use of the Library by Higher Education Administration

Special Units or Individuals at the Library Tasked with Providing Research Support to College Administration

We asked: Does the library have any specific individual, unit or initiative designed to provide strategic research services to upper university management in areas such as enrollment, marketing, technology, student affairs, regulation, advancement, research funding and other areas?

Of the total participants, 77.11% said no, against 15.56% who said yes. Junior colleges (21.43%) and BA-granting schools (20.00%) were the most likely to reply yes, versus 13.16% for MA/PhD-granting institutions and 12.50% for research institutions.


The report presents the findings of a survey of 84 library directors, university librarians, deans of libraries and other high ranking executives from 54 college and university libraries, concerning their experience with library services for higher education administration. The study looks at how academic libraries serve the research needs of higher ed administration, pinpointing the number that have formed special units or established specific library positions to serve the strategic research needs of college administration. The 60-page study also gives specific data on the extent to which – in the view of those interviewed – various administrative departments use the library for their strategic needs. Data is presented separately for a broad array of departments, including Enrollment-Marketing, Information Technology, University President’s Office, Technology Transfer-Sponsored Research, Office of Research Grants, Public Relations, Admissions, and International Student Services.

Table 1.1 Does the library have any specific individual, unit or initiative designed to provide strategic research services to upper university management in areas such as enrollment, marketing, technology, student affairs, regulation, advancement, research funding and other areas?
Table 1.2 Does the library have any specific individual, unit or initiative designed to provide strategic research services to upper university management in areas such as enrollment, marketing, technology, student affairs, regulation, advancement, research funding and other areas? Broken out for public and private colleges
Table 1.3 Does the library have any specific individual, unit or initiative designed to provide strategic research services to upper university management in areas such as enrollment, marketing, technology, student affairs, regulation, advancement, research funding and other areas? Broken out by Carnegie class or type
Table 1.4 Does the library have any specific individual, unit or initiative designed to provide strategic research services to upper university management in areas such as enrollment, marketing, technology, student affairs, regulation, advancement, research funding and other areas? Broken out by enrollment
Table 1.5 Does the library have any specific individual, unit or initiative designed to provide strategic research services to upper university management in areas such as enrollment, marketing, technology, student affairs, regulation, advancement, research funding and other areas? Broken out by tuition, $
Table 1.6 Does the library have any specific individual, unit or initiative designed to provide strategic research services to upper university management in areas such as enrollment, marketing, technology, student affairs, regulation, advancement, research funding and other areas? Broken out by location of the college

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