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Page: General Information and Library Use
1. What is your class?
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2014
26.1%91
2015
24.6%86
2016
24.9%87
2017
23.2%81
Other
1.1%4
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2. What is your major?
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Applied Mathematics
2.6%9
Biology
9.2%32
Chemistry
2.9%10
Civil and Environmental Engineering
10.3%36
Economics & Business
11.2%39
Electrical & Computer Engineering
3.7%13
English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies
2.3%8
History
9.2%32
International Studies & Political Science
18.1%63
Computer Science
2.9%10
Mechanical Engineering
9.2%32
Modern Languages & Cultures
4.0%14
Physics
3.4%12
Psychology
8.9%31
Other (please specify)
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2.3%8

3. During the current school year how much reading have you done?
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Number of books required by assignments in which you used books from Preston Library34.4% (119)45.1% (156)13.3% (46)4.0% (14)3.2% (11)346
Number of articles required by assignments in which you used articles from Preston Library25.7% (87)33.0% (112)18.6% (63)10.0% (34)12.7% (43)339
Number of books read for pleasure in which you used books from Preston Library59.0% (197)34.7% (116)4.8% (16)0.9% (3)0.6% (2)334

4. During the current school year how many papers, reports, or other writing tasks of the following lengths have you been assigned which require use of Preston Library books, databases, research help, etc.?
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Up to 5 pages22.7% (77)28.3% (96)29.8% (101)12.4% (42)3.2% (11)1.8% (6)1.8% (6)339
Between 6 to 10 pages37.5% (115)32.9% (101)20.8% (64)6.8% (21)1.6% (5)0.0% (0)0.3% (1)307
11 pages or more51.7% (156)34.8% (105)7.9% (24)4.0% (12)1.0% (3)0.7% (2)0.0% (0)302

5. Which of the following have you done or plan to do?
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Research project with a faculty member14.5% (49)40.2% (136)45.3% (153)338
Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, etc.)12.5% (43)54.1% (186)33.4% (115)344

6. How often do you do the following?
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Use the library in person24.9% (87)32.1% (112)25.2% (88)12.6% (44)5.2% (18)349
Use library resources from Barracks, lab, etc.19.4% (67)31.8% (110)22.8% (79)15.0% (52)11.0% (38)346
Use library resources from off Post4.0% (14)9.8% (34)20.8% (72)23.1% (80)42.2% (146)346

7. During the current academic year, how often did you use the library to:
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Do research18.6% (65)23.2% (81)26.4% (92)18.9% (66)12.9% (45)2.84349
Get research help10.0% (35)11.2% (39)23.8% (83)30.7% (107)24.4% (85)3.48349
Study and read30.7% (107)15.5% (54)28.7% (100)15.2% (53)10.0% (35)2.58349
Check out library materials10.0% (35)10.6% (37)27.2% (95)25.5% (89)26.6% (93)3.48349
Use course reserves11.2% (39)13.8% (48)20.6% (72)21.8% (76)32.7% (114)3.51349
Check email or access the Internet for non-academic use14.9% (52)14.3% (50)22.1% (77)24.1% (84)24.6% (86)3.29349
Socialize7.4% (26)4.3% (15)17.8% (62)32.7% (114)37.8% (132)3.89349
Get away from Barracks19.2% (67)14.3% (50)28.4% (99)16.9% (59)21.2% (74)3.07349
Meet with faculty or tutor5.2% (18)3.7% (13)16.3% (57)25.2% (88)49.6% (173)4.10349
Use Media Services and resources6.9% (24)8.6% (30)23.8% (83)26.6% (93)34.1% (119)3.72349
Use Interlibrary Loan services5.7% (20)8.3% (29)17.8% (62)18.3% (64)49.9% (174)3.98349
Use VMI Archives or rare book collections4.9% (17)4.6% (16)14.9% (52)26.9% (94)48.7% (170)4.10349
Use group study rooms8.3% (29)14.6% (51)31.5% (110)24.1% (84)21.5% (75)3.36349
Use whiteboards10.3% (36)18.6% (65)23.5% (82)22.3% (78)25.2% (88)3.34349
Use library computers with Word, etc.13.5% (47)14.6% (51)20.1% (70)21.5% (75)30.4% (106)3.41349
Print, fax, scan, copy documents, etc.27.8% (97)23.5% (82)22.1% (77)15.8% (55)10.9% (38)2.58349

8. I do NOT use the library because (check as many as apply):
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My assignments are met using non-library online resources (e.g. Google, Wikipedia, etc.)
43.3%151
My assignments do not require that I need to consult with a reference librarian.
51.0%178
My assignments do not require that I check out a book.
51.9%181
My assignments do not require that I use library resources.
36.1%126
I socialize in other places.
48.1%168
I study in Barracks.
31.8%111
I study in other academic buildings.
57.6%201
Other (please specify)
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11.7%41

9. The following statements ask you to evaluate your research skills.
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I can find library materials effectively through the online catalog.39.0% (136)45.3% (158)4.0% (14)1.4% (5)10.3% (36)1.99349
I can find scholarly articles effectively using the library's online databases.40.4% (141)46.4% (162)4.6% (16)0.0% (0)8.6% (30)1.90349
I can initiate an interlibrary loan request.30.1% (105)31.2% (109)8.6% (30)1.7% (6)28.4% (99)2.67349
I know the difference between reliable and unreliable sources.45.6% (159)41.8% (146)3.2% (11)1.1% (4)8.3% (29)1.85349
I know how to use information to produce a research paper or project that meets the standards of the course.47.0% (164)43.8% (153)2.3% (8)0.6% (2)6.3% (22)1.75349
I know the ethical issues of using information sources, e.g. when to cite sources in a research paper52.7% (184)38.7% (135)2.3% (8)1.4% (5)4.9% (17)1.67349
I know that the library can assist with each of the above tasks.56.7% (198)36.7% (128)1.1% (4)0.0% (0)5.4% (19)1.61349

Page: Evaluate library resources, services, and facilties
10. Please indicate your satisfaction with the following Library hours.
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Sunday: 1000-010058.4% (188)17.4% (56)4.7% (15)1.6% (5)18.0% (58)322
Monday - Thursday: 0800-010070.2% (226)14.3% (46)2.5% (8)1.9% (6)11.2% (36)322
Friday: 0800-230059.0% (190)17.1% (55)7.8% (25)3.1% (10)13.0% (42)322
Saturday: 0800-230059.6% (192)16.5% (53)5.9% (19)4.0% (13)14.0% (45)322
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11. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the library's resources.
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Selection of books49.7% (160)28.0% (90)5.0% (16)1.9% (6)15.5% (50)2.06322
Selection of magazines and newspapers42.2% (136)23.0% (74)3.1% (10)1.2% (4)30.4% (98)2.55322
Selection of online resources55.6% (179)25.2% (81)2.8% (9)1.2% (4)15.2% (49)1.95322
Selection of CDs and DVDs28.6% (92)18.6% (60)7.1% (23)3.4% (11)42.2% (136)3.12322
Usefulness of RefWorks33.9% (109)18.3% (59)3.1% (10)1.2% (4)43.5% (140)3.02322

12. Please indicate your satisfaction with the library's services.
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Effectiveness of Reference Service51.6% (166)22.4% (72)0.9% (3)0.3% (1)24.8% (80)2.25322
Effectiveness of Library Instruction54.7% (176)20.2% (65)3.1% (10)0.9% (3)21.1% (68)2.14322
Ability to receive books and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan45.0% (145)19.6% (63)2.2% (7)0.6% (2)32.6% (105)2.56322
Convenience and usefulness of Reserves and E-Reserves49.4% (159)16.5% (53)2.8% (9)0.6% (2)30.7% (99)2.47322
Availability of library staff63.0% (203)23.0% (74)1.6% (5)0.6% (2)11.8% (38)1.75322
Helpfulness of library staff67.7% (218)19.3% (62)1.6% (5)0.3% (1)11.2% (36)1.68322

13. Please indicate your satisfaction with Reference Service hours.
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Monday-Thursday 0800-1630, 1900-220044.2% (142)16.8% (54)0.9% (3)0.6% (2)37.4% (120)321
Friday 0800-163040.4% (129)17.9% (57)2.8% (9)0.3% (1)38.6% (123)319
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14. Please indicate your satisfaction with the library's facilities.
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Logic and convenience of library's layout51.9% (167)34.5% (111)4.3% (14)0.6% (2)8.7% (28)1.80322
Signage and maps54.0% (174)28.6% (92)4.3% (14)1.2% (4)11.8% (38)1.88322
Materials shelved in their proper places57.8% (186)23.0% (74)4.0% (13)0.3% (1)14.9% (48)1.92322
Adequate public computers52.2% (168)27.3% (88)7.8% (25)4.0% (13)8.7% (28)1.90322
Adequate printers50.3% (162)28.9% (93)8.7% (28)5.0% (16)7.1% (23)1.90322
Reliability of wireless network46.6% (150)30.4% (98)10.6% (34)3.7% (12)8.7% (28)1.98322
Adequate study carrels42.9% (138)27.0% (87)15.2% (49)5.3% (17)9.6% (31)2.12322
Adequate group study rooms40.4% (130)27.0% (87)15.5% (50)4.0% (13)13.0% (42)2.22322
Lighting61.2% (197)28.6% (92)3.7% (12)0.3% (1)6.2% (20)1.62322
Heating/cooling61.2% (197)26.4% (85)4.0% (13)2.2% (7)6.2% (20)1.66322
Noise levels55.9% (180)26.7% (86)7.8% (25)2.5% (8)7.1% (23)1.78322
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15. What do you value most about Preston Library? (Choose all that apply)
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Group study rooms59.9% (188)27.4% (86)12.7% (40)1.53314
Quiet study space83.1% (265)11.0% (35)6.0% (19)1.23319
Individual help from library staff41.4% (132)39.8% (127)18.8% (60)1.77319
Library instruction29.1% (91)39.3% (123)31.6% (99)2.03313
Quality of resources57.5% (180)32.6% (102)9.9% (31)1.52313
Quantity of resources54.3% (170)34.5% (108)11.2% (35)1.57313
Interlibrary Loan38.6% (119)33.8% (104)27.6% (85)1.89308
Coffee during exams66.6% (211)17.0% (54)16.4% (52)1.50317
Media help34.9% (109)40.7% (127)24.4% (76)1.89312
Recreational reading books32.4% (102)34.6% (109)33.0% (104)2.01315
DVDs24.5% (76)31.3% (97)44.2% (137)2.20310
Other (please specify)
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16. The VMI Archives and Special Collections Department provides access to the Institute's collection of historic official records, manuscripts, photographs, 19th century alumni biographical and genealogical information as well as our rare book collection. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the VMI Archives and its services.
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Convenience and adequacy of hours27.0% (86)14.8% (47)3.1% (10)1.3% (4)53.8% (171)318
Availability of Archives staff25.9% (82)15.1% (48)1.9% (6)0.3% (1)56.8% (180)317
Helpfulness of Archives staff27.4% (87)12.9% (41)1.9% (6)0.9% (3)56.8% (180)317
Availability of materials housed in Archives25.8% (82)15.7% (50)1.3% (4)1.6% (5)55.7% (177)318
Ease of use of Archives web site26.7% (85)13.2% (42)2.2% (7)0.3% (1)57.5% (183)318
Physical environment27.4% (87)15.7% (50)0.9% (3)0.9% (3)55.0% (175)318

17. The Media Services department provides assistance and instruction in the use of multi-media tools and equipment for multi-media projects and needs. These include scanning, digital video and sound editing, web page construction, imaging editing, power point presentations, and more. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with Media Services.
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Convenience and adequacy of hours28.4% (91)17.5% (56)2.8% (9)0.9% (3)50.3% (161)320
Availability of Media staff30.6% (98)15.3% (49)1.9% (6)0.6% (2)51.6% (165)320
Helpfulness of Media staff34.1% (109)13.1% (42)1.6% (5)0.6% (2)50.6% (162)320
Availability of equipment29.1% (93)16.9% (54)3.4% (11)0.6% (2)50.0% (160)320
Availability of media software29.1% (93)17.2% (55)2.2% (7)0.3% (1)51.3% (164)320
Physical environment of multimedia workstations29.8% (95)18.2% (58)1.3% (4)0.3% (1)50.5% (161)319

Page: Library Enhancements and Changes in Response to Past Surveys
18. The changes below have improved the Library and my ability to use it:
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Implemented a new online catalog (See example) which allows you to find full-text articles as well as books, etc. in a single search52.5% (167)25.8% (82)1.9% (6)0.3% (1)19.5% (62)318
Provided coffee, hot chocolate, and tea during exams69.9% (223)18.2% (58)2.2% (7)0.3% (1)9.4% (30)319
Expanded Sunday hours so the library opens at 1000 instead of 130060.2% (192)21.0% (67)2.2% (7)1.6% (5)15.0% (48)319
Added lockable lockers to secure personal belongings44.8% (143)22.3% (71)6.9% (22)0.0% (0)26.0% (83)319
Renovated the Periodical Room and added more tables and electrical connections49.2% (157)24.5% (78)1.6% (5)0.3% (1)24.5% (78)319
Added more study tables and new chairs on the 300 level59.3% (188)23.0% (73)1.6% (5)0.3% (1)15.8% (50)317

Page: Comments and Recommendations
19. I am satisfied with the following:
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Library information resources56.2% (177)31.1% (98)0.6% (2)0.3% (1)11.7% (37)315
Library services62.1% (195)27.4% (86)0.6% (2)0.6% (2)9.2% (29)314
Library facilities58.8% (184)32.6% (102)1.6% (5)0.3% (1)6.7% (21)313

20. How satisfactory have you found the technology resources in Preston Library? How could they be improved?
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21. If you could improve one thing about Preston Library what would it be?
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22. Please comment on your overall satisfaction with library resources, services, and facilities, and give us ideas of how we can improve.
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