ERIC Number: ED449806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Third Canadian Off Campus Library Services Survey, 1999.
Throughout 1999 and 2000, 234 academic institutions in Canada--66 university libraries and 168 college libraries--were asked to respond to a survey of library services for off campus users. Previous surveys were conducted in 1984 and then again in 1988. It was felt that with the advent of the World Wide Web, increased levels of library automation, and evidence of cooperative activities in time of economic restraint, that there would be sufficient changes to warrant a "third" survey 11 years later. Also, since the 1984 and especially the 1988 surveys were comparative, it would be beneficial to everyone if the 1999 survey provided "descriptive" information about each institution's off campus library support program as well as comparative data with the 1984 and 1988 surveys. Forty-four of 66 (67%) university and 24 of 168 (14%) college libraries responded to the survey enquiry. Of these, 34 (52%) of university and 18 (11%) of college libraries indicated that they did provide off campus library services. Responding institutions provided information regarding the number of off campus courses supported and average numbers of off-campus students. Academic libraries responded to questions relating to their use of core off-campus collections; the number of "known item" and "subject" requests received; their toll-free phone service; the advertising and promotion of off campus library services; the professional and non-professional staffing of such services; the funding of such programs; involvement in off campus curriculum development; and that cooperative activities surrounding off campus libraries services. Notable findings indicated that in general, across Canada, "western" programs generally had stronger and more sophisticated off campus library support programs than "eastern" ones. Most off campus library support programs could be funded for under $20,000 per year if salaries were excluded. There has been a significant increase in the volume of requests made from off campus library support programs in 1999, compared to 1988 levels. There has also been an approximately 25% increase in access to overall off campus services between the 1988 and 1999 surveys. Appendices contain the survey's "other" or "additional" remarks by institution, and the English and French versions of the survey instrument. (Contains 37 tables.) (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Services, Library Automation, Library Collections, Library Services, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, Reference Services, Tables (Data)
U-Study--Off Campus Library Services, University of Saskatchewan, 3 Campus Drive, Saskatoon SK, Canada S7N 5A4. Tel: 306-966-6004; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Libraries.
Identifiers - Location: Canada