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Page: General Information and Library Use
1. What is your class?
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2013
18.6%59
2014
19.6%62
2015
24.9%79
2016
34.7%110
Other
2.2%7
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2. What is your major?
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Applied Mathematics
2.5%8
Biology
8.2%26
Chemistry
2.5%8
Civil and Environmental Engineering
12.3%39
Economics & Business
11.4%36
Electrical & Computer Engineering
2.5%8
English & Fine Arts
3.2%10
History
8.2%26
International Studies & Political Science
18.0%57
Computer Science
5.4%17
Mechanical Engineering
12.0%38
Modern Languages & Cultures
4.4%14
Physics
1.6%5
Psychology
6.3%20
Other (please specify)
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3. During the current school year how often have you:
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Worked on a paper or project that required integrating ideas or information that required you to use library resources, e.g., books, journals, databases, research services, etc.?19.9% (63)24.9% (79)42.9% (136)12.3% (39)317

4. 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 Library36.0% (114)46.1% (146)12.6% (40)3.8% (12)1.6% (5)317
Number of books read for pleasure in which you used books from Preston Library59.7% (185)31.9% (99)6.1% (19)1.3% (4)1.0% (3)310

5. During the current school year how much writing have you done?
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Number of written papers or reports of 20+ pages that required using Preston Library books, databases, research help, etc.68.5% (211)26.6% (82)3.6% (11)0.6% (2)0.6% (2)308
Number of written papers or reports of 5-19 pages that required using Preston Library books, databases, research help, etc.29.8% (92)53.7% (166)13.3% (41)2.6% (8)0.6% (2)309
Number of written papers or reports of less than 5 pages that required using Preston Library books, databases, research help, etc.23.5% (73)49.8% (155)19.3% (60)5.5% (17)1.9% (6)311

6. Which of the following have you done or plan to do?
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Research project with a faculty member13.7% (43)38.7% (122)47.6% (150)315
Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, etc.)12.3% (39)51.9% (164)35.8% (113)316

7. How often do you do the following?
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Use the library in person27.8% (88)28.2% (89)25.6% (81)13.3% (42)5.1% (16)316
Use library resources from Barracks, lab, etc.11.1% (35)24.5% (77)30.6% (96)14.3% (45)19.4% (61)314
Use library resources from off Post3.5% (11)5.8% (18)20.1% (63)26.5% (83)44.1% (138)313

8. During the current academic year, how often did you use the library to:
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Do research13.6% (43)23.0% (73)28.4% (90)19.2% (61)15.8% (50)3.01317
Get research help7.3% (23)10.4% (33)26.2% (83)27.8% (88)28.4% (90)3.60317
Study28.4% (90)22.4% (71)20.5% (65)16.7% (53)12.0% (38)2.62317
Read20.5% (65)15.1% (48)22.1% (70)18.9% (60)23.3% (74)3.09317
Check out library materials6.6% (21)14.8% (47)24.9% (79)28.1% (89)25.6% (81)3.51317
Use course reserves7.6% (24)12.0% (38)19.9% (63)23.7% (75)36.9% (117)3.70317
Check email or access the Internet for non-academic use13.2% (42)14.2% (45)23.7% (75)21.8% (69)27.1% (86)3.35317
Socialize6.6% (21)7.6% (24)20.5% (65)25.6% (81)39.7% (126)3.84317
Get away from Barracks20.2% (64)14.5% (46)22.4% (71)17.7% (56)25.2% (80)3.13317
Meet with faculty or tutor3.8% (12)8.2% (26)11.7% (37)21.5% (68)54.9% (174)4.15317
Use Media Services and resources5.4% (17)10.4% (33)14.5% (46)23.3% (74)46.4% (147)3.95317
Use Interlibrary Loan services3.5% (11)10.4% (33)13.9% (44)17.7% (56)54.6% (173)4.09317
Use VMI Archives or rare book collections0.9% (3)4.4% (14)13.9% (44)22.1% (70)58.7% (186)4.33317
Use group study rooms6.0% (19)11.7% (37)32.8% (104)24.6% (78)24.9% (79)3.51317
Use whiteboards8.2% (26)13.9% (44)29.0% (92)18.9% (60)30.0% (95)3.49317
Use library computers with Word, etc.9.8% (31)15.1% (48)23.0% (73)19.6% (62)32.5% (103)3.50317

9. 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.)
53.6%170
My assignments do not require that I need to consult with a reference librarian.
59.3%188
My assignments do not require that I check out a book.
58.0%184
My assignments do not require that I use library resources.
50.2%159
I socialize in other places.
47.0%149
I study in Barracks.
41.0%130
I study in other academic buildings.
57.4%182
Other (please specify)
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11.4%36

10. The following statements ask you to evaluate your research skills.
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I can find library materials effectively through the online catalog.33.1% (105)49.2% (156)4.4% (14)1.3% (4)12.0% (38)2.10317
I can find scholarly articles effectively using the library's online databases.30.6% (97)50.2% (159)4.1% (13)1.6% (5)13.6% (43)2.17317
I can initiate an interlibrary loan request.28.1% (89)34.1% (108)7.3% (23)3.2% (10)27.4% (87)2.68317
I know the difference between reliable and unreliable sources.42.0% (133)48.9% (155)2.2% (7)1.3% (4)5.7% (18)1.80317
I know how to use information to produce a research paper or project that meets the standards of the course.42.0% (133)48.3% (153)3.8% (12)0.0% (0)6.0% (19)1.80317
I know the ethical issues of using information sources, e.g. when to cite sources in a research paper48.6% (154)41.3% (131)3.5% (11)0.9% (3)5.7% (18)1.74317
I know that the library can assist with each of the above tasks.52.1% (165)38.8% (123)2.5% (8)0.6% (2)6.0% (19)1.70317

Page: Evaluate library resources, services, and facilties
11. Please indicate your satisfaction with the following Library hours.
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Sunday: 1300-010052.9% (146)19.6% (54)6.5% (18)4.3% (12)16.7% (46)276
Monday 0800-Thursday: 0800-010075.6% (208)10.9% (30)1.5% (4)0.0% (0)12.0% (33)275
Friday: 0800-230068.7% (189)11.6% (32)4.7% (13)1.1% (3)13.8% (38)275
Saturday: 0800-230067.2% (184)11.3% (31)4.0% (11)1.8% (5)15.7% (43)274
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12. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the library's resources.
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Selection of books54.0% (149)25.0% (69)4.7% (13)0.7% (2)15.6% (43)1.99276
Selection of magazines and newspapers45.3% (125)22.8% (63)2.2% (6)0.0% (0)29.7% (82)2.46276
Selection of online resources53.3% (147)25.7% (71)3.6% (10)0.7% (2)16.7% (46)2.02276
Selection of CDs and DVDs33.7% (93)19.6% (54)11.2% (31)1.1% (3)34.4% (95)2.83276
Usefulness of RefWorks35.9% (99)20.7% (57)4.0% (11)1.4% (4)38.0% (105)2.85276

13. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the library's services.
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Effectiveness of Reference Service48.2% (133)21.0% (58)0.4% (1)0.7% (2)29.7% (82)2.43276
Effectiveness of Library Instruction49.6% (137)24.6% (68)2.9% (8)1.1% (3)21.7% (60)2.21276
Ability to receive books and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan46.7% (129)17.4% (48)0.7% (2)0.0% (0)35.1% (97)2.59276
Ability to borrow materials from W&L43.5% (120)14.1% (39)1.4% (4)0.7% (2)40.2% (111)2.80276
Convenience and usefulness of Reserves and E-Reserves42.8% (118)19.6% (54)1.8% (5)0.7% (2)35.1% (97)2.66276
Availability of library staff64.9% (179)18.8% (52)1.4% (4)0.0% (0)14.9% (41)1.81276
Helpfulness of library staff69.2% (191)14.1% (39)0.7% (2)0.7% (2)15.2% (42)1.79276

14. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with Reference Service hours.
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Sunday 1900-220044.2% (122)14.5% (40)1.8% (5)0.4% (1)39.1% (108)276
Monday-Thursday 0800-1630, 1900-220047.1% (130)13.8% (38)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)38.0% (105)276
Friday 0800-163045.6% (125)13.9% (38)1.8% (5)0.0% (0)38.7% (106)274
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15. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the library's facilities.
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Logic and convenience of library's layout54.7% (151)31.5% (87)4.3% (12)0.4% (1)9.1% (25)1.78276
Signage and maps55.8% (154)26.1% (72)4.0% (11)0.7% (2)13.4% (37)1.90276
Materials shelved in their proper places56.2% (155)26.8% (74)2.9% (8)0.0% (0)14.1% (39)1.89276
Adequate public computers50.0% (138)28.3% (78)10.5% (29)3.6% (10)7.6% (21)1.91276
Adequate printers51.1% (141)27.9% (77)9.1% (25)4.3% (12)7.6% (21)1.89276
Reliability of wireless network53.3% (147)27.2% (75)8.3% (23)3.3% (9)8.0% (22)1.86276
Adequate study carrels45.3% (125)27.2% (75)12.7% (35)5.1% (14)9.8% (27)2.07276
Adequate group study rooms42.4% (117)26.4% (73)9.8% (27)8.7% (24)12.7% (35)2.23276
Physical environment: lighting62.3% (172)27.9% (77)2.2% (6)1.1% (3)6.5% (18)1.62276
Physical environment: heating/cooling61.6% (170)25.0% (69)4.7% (13)1.4% (4)7.2% (20)1.68276
Physical environment: noise58.7% (162)27.9% (77)4.3% (12)2.5% (7)6.5% (18)1.70276
Other (please specify)
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16. What do you value most about Preston Library? (Choose all that apply)
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Group study rooms63.8% (173)27.3% (74)8.9% (24)1.45271
Quiet study space79.6% (218)16.8% (46)3.6% (10)1.24274
Individual help from library staff48.2% (131)35.7% (97)16.2% (44)1.68272
Library instruction32.2% (86)41.2% (110)26.6% (71)1.94267
Quality of resources64.1% (175)27.5% (75)8.4% (23)1.44273
Quantity of resources61.5% (166)30.0% (81)8.5% (23)1.47270
Interlibrary Loan39.9% (108)36.2% (98)24.0% (65)1.84271
Coffee during exams63.7% (174)19.4% (53)16.8% (46)1.53273
Media help35.2% (94)40.8% (109)24.0% (64)1.89267
Recreational reading books37.5% (100)35.2% (94)27.3% (73)1.90267
DVDs30.8% (82)30.8% (82)38.3% (102)2.08266
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17. 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 hours34.5% (92)15.4% (41)1.5% (4)0.0% (0)48.7% (130)267
Availability of Archives staff34.2% (91)12.8% (34)1.9% (5)0.0% (0)51.1% (136)266
Helpfulness of Archives staff35.2% (94)11.2% (30)1.9% (5)0.4% (1)51.3% (137)267
Availability of materials housed in Archives34.7% (92)12.5% (33)1.5% (4)0.0% (0)51.3% (136)265
Ease of use of Archives web site33.8% (90)13.9% (37)2.6% (7)1.1% (3)48.5% (129)266
Physical environment36.8% (98)13.9% (37)1.1% (3)0.8% (2)47.4% (126)266

18. 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 hours35.7% (96)14.5% (39)2.6% (7)0.7% (2)46.5% (125)269
Availability of Media staff33.2% (89)14.6% (39)1.9% (5)0.7% (2)49.6% (133)268
Helpfulness of Media staff33.8% (91)14.5% (39)0.7% (2)0.7% (2)50.2% (135)269
Availability of equipment33.8% (91)12.6% (34)3.0% (8)1.1% (3)49.4% (133)269
Availability of media software34.9% (94)11.5% (31)3.0% (8)0.7% (2)49.8% (134)269
Physical environment of multimedia workstations34.2% (92)14.9% (40)2.2% (6)0.4% (1)48.3% (130)269

Page: Library Enhancements and Changes in Response to Past Surveys
19. The recent 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 search50.2% (138)27.3% (75)0.4% (1)1.1% (3)21.1% (58)275
Provided coffee, hot chocolate, and tea during exams65.7% (180)21.5% (59)1.8% (5)0.0% (0)10.9% (30)274
Added mobile whiteboards57.1% (157)21.5% (59)2.2% (6)0.4% (1)18.9% (52)275
Renovated the Periodical Room and added more tables and electrical connections49.3% (135)21.5% (59)2.6% (7)0.7% (2)25.9% (71)274
Installed duplex printers58.8% (161)20.8% (57)1.8% (5)0.7% (2)17.9% (49)274

Page: Comments and Recommendations
20. I am satisfied with the following:
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Library information resources59.9% (164)24.8% (68)0.7% (2)0.0% (0)14.6% (40)274
Library services62.2% (171)25.5% (70)0.7% (2)0.7% (2)10.9% (30)275
Library facilities62.9% (171)26.8% (73)1.1% (3)0.4% (1)8.8% (24)272

21. 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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