Primary Research Group has published the Survey of American College Students: Use of Workstations vs. Mobile Computing in the Academic Library, ISBN 978-157440-506-4
This study, based on survey results from a representative sample of 1,099 students at 80 US colleges and universities, presents detailed data on the extent to which students use workstations provided by their academic libraries, or their own mobile computing devices, in the academic library. The report also looks at student satisfaction with the time spent waiting for computer workstations, their feelings about the number and availability of workstations in the library, and whether or not they feel their library needs more workstations. The study also presents specific numeric data on the percentage of time that students spend accessing online resources in the library accounted for by access through library workstations or through students’ mobile computing devices.
An open-ended question reveals what specific hardware and software technologies, and other information technology resources, that students would like to see, or see more of, in their academic libraries.
Data in the report is presented in the aggregate and then broken out separately for fifteen different variables including but not limited to: college grades, gender, income level, year of college standing, SAT/ACT scores, regional origin, age, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity, college major and other personal variables, and by Carnegie class, enrollment size and public/private status of the survey participants institutions of higher education.
Just a few of this 70-page report’s many findings are that:
For institutions with more than 16,500 students enrolled (FTE), 17.65% of students have always or often to wait for an available workstation.
Females were much more likely than men to use their own devices in the library;
Students raised abroad were much more likely than those raised in the USA to use library workstations extensively.
Students in the fine and performing arts are much more likely than those in other majors and subject areas to use library workstations.
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