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Page: General Information and Library Use
1. What is your class?
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2012
18.8%55
2013
22.6%66
2014
26.0%76
2015
31.5%92
Other
1.0%3
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2. What is your major?
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Biology
8.9%26
Chemistry
3.4%10
Civil and Environmental Engineering
8.6%25
Economics & Business
14.4%42
Electrical & Computer Engineering
3.4%10
English & Fine Arts
4.8%14
History
8.6%25
International Studies & Political Science
16.4%48
Mathematics & Computer Science
4.5%13
Mechanical Engineering
13.7%40
Modern Languages & Cultures
3.4%10
Physics & Astronomy
1.7%5
Psychology & Philosophy
7.2%21
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.?22.3% (65)22.6% (66)43.8% (128)11.3% (33)292

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 Library32.6% (95)41.2% (120)20.6% (60)3.1% (9)2.4% (7)291
Number of books read for pleasure in which you used books from Preston Library57.7% (164)33.8% (96)7.0% (20)0.4% (1)1.1% (3)284

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.74.8% (208)19.4% (54)3.6% (10)1.1% (3)1.1% (3)278
Number of written papers or reports of 5-19 pages that required using Preston Library books, databases, research help, etc.29.2% (83)51.1% (145)15.8% (45)3.2% (9)0.7% (2)284
Number of written papers or reports of less than 5 pages that required using Preston Library books, databases, research help, etc.25.4% (72)46.8% (133)21.8% (62)3.9% (11)2.1% (6)284

6. Which of the following have you done or plan to do?
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Research project with a faculty member10.3% (30)37.5% (109)52.2% (152)291
Culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, etc.)10.8% (31)42.9% (123)46.3% (133)287

7. How often do you do the following?
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Use the library in person17.2% (50)28.5% (83)32.0% (93)13.1% (38)9.3% (27)291
Use library resources from Barracks, lab, etc.13.8% (40)35.5% (103)25.5% (74)10.7% (31)14.5% (42)290
Use library resources from off Post3.4% (10)8.6% (25)15.5% (45)25.2% (73)47.2% (137)290

8. During the current academic year, how often did you use the library to:
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Do research15.8% (46)20.2% (59)29.5% (86)17.1% (50)17.5% (51)3.00292
Get research help6.5% (19)12.7% (37)28.8% (84)24.3% (71)27.7% (81)3.54292
Study24.7% (72)20.2% (59)26.7% (78)12.7% (37)15.8% (46)2.75292
Read15.1% (44)19.5% (57)23.6% (69)15.4% (45)26.4% (77)3.18292
Check out library materials5.8% (17)16.4% (48)29.1% (85)21.9% (64)26.7% (78)3.47292
Use course reserves6.5% (19)14.0% (41)24.0% (70)20.2% (59)35.3% (103)3.64292
Check email or access the Internet for non-academic use8.9% (26)16.1% (47)25.0% (73)22.6% (66)27.4% (80)3.43292
Socialize5.1% (15)9.2% (27)13.0% (38)25.0% (73)47.6% (139)4.01292
Get away from Barracks11.3% (33)16.8% (49)28.4% (83)16.8% (49)26.7% (78)3.31292
Meet with faculty or tutor1.4% (4)4.1% (12)14.0% (41)20.9% (61)59.6% (174)4.33292
Use Media Services and resources1.0% (3)7.5% (22)22.9% (67)23.3% (68)45.2% (132)4.04292
Use Interlibrary Loan services3.4% (10)8.2% (24)15.4% (45)17.8% (52)55.1% (161)4.13292
Use VMI Archives or rare book collections0.3% (1)3.4% (10)15.1% (44)24.0% (70)57.2% (167)4.34292
Use group study rooms6.5% (19)13.0% (38)29.8% (87)24.7% (72)26.0% (76)3.51292
Use whiteboards7.2% (21)13.7% (40)22.9% (67)19.9% (58)36.3% (106)3.64292
Use computers with Word, etc.11.0% (32)16.4% (48)22.6% (66)13.7% (40)36.3% (106)3.48292

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.)
49.0%143
My assignments do not require that I need to consult with a reference librarian.
53.8%157
My assignments do not require that I check out a book.
52.4%153
My assignments do not require that I use library resources.
37.0%108
I socialize in other places.
44.9%131
I study in Barracks.
35.3%103
I study in other academic buildings.
60.3%176
Other (please specify)
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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.35.3% (103)45.2% (132)5.1% (15)2.7% (8)11.6% (34)2.10292
I can find scholarly articles effectively using the library's online databases.33.2% (97)47.6% (139)4.8% (14)1.0% (3)13.4% (39)2.14292
I can initiate an interlibrary loan request.25.7% (75)30.1% (88)11.3% (33)4.1% (12)28.8% (84)2.80292
I know the difference between reliable and unreliable sources.41.1% (120)47.3% (138)3.4% (10)1.0% (3)7.2% (21)1.86292
I know how to use information to produce a research paper or project that meets the standards of the course.42.8% (125)46.2% (135)2.7% (8)1.4% (4)6.8% (20)1.83292
I know the ethical issues of using information sources, e.g. when to cite sources in a research paper49.0% (143)40.1% (117)2.4% (7)1.4% (4)7.2% (21)1.78292
I know that the library can assist with each of the above tasks.56.2% (164)32.5% (95)2.7% (8)0.7% (2)7.9% (23)1.72292

Page: Evaluate library resources, services, and facilties
11. Please indicate your satisfaction with the following Library hours.
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Monday 0800-1630, 1900-010066.3% (177)15.0% (40)4.5% (12)0.4% (1)13.9% (37)267
Tuesday - Thursday: 0800-010069.3% (185)12.7% (34)3.4% (9)0.0% (0)14.6% (39)267
Friday: 0800-230066.3% (177)15.4% (41)1.5% (4)2.2% (6)14.6% (39)267
Saturday: 0800-230064.4% (172)14.6% (39)3.7% (10)1.5% (4)15.7% (42)267
Sunday: 1300-010054.1% (144)18.4% (49)7.1% (19)4.9% (13)15.4% (41)266
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12. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the library's resources.
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Selection of books49.6% (133)23.5% (63)5.6% (15)1.1% (3)20.1% (54)2.19268
Selection of magazines and newspapers42.2% (113)23.9% (64)3.7% (10)0.7% (2)29.5% (79)2.51268
Selection of online resources55.2% (148)21.6% (58)0.7% (2)0.7% (2)21.6% (58)2.12268
Selection of CDs22.8% (61)16.0% (43)4.5% (12)0.7% (2)56.0% (150)3.51268
Selection of DVDs & videos24.6% (66)22.8% (61)4.9% (13)1.1% (3)46.6% (125)3.22268
Usefulness of RefWorks33.2% (89)17.2% (46)1.9% (5)1.1% (3)46.6% (125)3.11268
Usefulness of WebBridge32.8% (88)16.4% (44)2.2% (6)1.9% (5)46.6% (125)3.13268

13. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the library's services.
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Effectiveness of Reference Service52.6% (141)20.1% (54)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)27.2% (73)2.29268
Effectiveness of Library Instruction51.9% (139)23.5% (63)1.5% (4)0.4% (1)22.8% (61)2.19268
Ability to receive books and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan45.5% (122)12.7% (34)2.2% (6)0.0% (0)39.6% (106)2.75268
Ability to borrow materials from W&L38.1% (102)13.8% (37)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)47.0% (126)3.04268
Convenience and usefulness of Reserves and E-Reserves43.7% (117)19.0% (51)1.1% (3)0.4% (1)35.8% (96)2.66268
Availability of library staff66.8% (179)16.0% (43)1.5% (4)0.7% (2)14.9% (40)1.81268
Helpfulness of library staff70.9% (190)13.4% (36)0.4% (1)0.7% (2)14.6% (39)1.75268

14. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with Reference Service hours.
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Monday - Friday: 0800-163040.3% (108)15.3% (41)1.1% (3)0.4% (1)42.9% (115)268
Sunday - Thursday: 1900-220041.0% (110)13.8% (37)1.9% (5)0.7% (2)42.5% (114)268
Saturday: None23.5% (62)15.9% (42)8.0% (21)2.7% (7)50.0% (132)264
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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 layout51.1% (137)33.2% (89)4.5% (12)0.7% (2)10.4% (28)1.86268
Signage and maps53.0% (142)28.0% (75)3.4% (9)0.4% (1)15.3% (41)1.97268
Materials shelved in their proper places61.2% (164)20.9% (56)3.0% (8)0.0% (0)14.9% (40)1.87268
Availability of public computers52.6% (141)28.0% (75)7.8% (21)1.1% (3)10.4% (28)1.89268
Availability of printers53.4% (143)24.6% (66)10.1% (27)0.7% (2)11.2% (30)1.92268
Reliability of wireless network47.4% (127)24.6% (66)10.1% (27)3.7% (10)14.2% (38)2.13268
Availability of study carrels41.8% (112)30.2% (81)11.2% (30)4.9% (13)11.9% (32)2.15268
Availability of group study rooms35.1% (94)28.4% (76)12.7% (34)7.1% (19)16.8% (45)2.42268
Physical environment: lighting63.4% (170)22.8% (61)4.5% (12)0.4% (1)9.0% (24)1.69268
Physical environment: heating/cooling54.5% (146)25.0% (67)8.6% (23)2.2% (6)9.7% (26)1.88268
Physical environment: noise55.2% (148)28.4% (76)5.2% (14)1.1% (3)10.1% (27)1.82268

16. What do you value most about Preston Library? (Choose all that apply)
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Group study rooms61.4% (159)25.1% (65)13.5% (35)1.52259
Quiet study space83.1% (216)12.3% (32)4.6% (12)1.22260
Individual help from library staff48.1% (124)33.3% (86)18.6% (48)1.71258
Library instruction27.3% (68)43.0% (107)29.7% (74)2.02249
Quality of resources64.8% (166)26.6% (68)8.6% (22)1.44256
Quantity of resources57.1% (145)32.3% (82)10.6% (27)1.54254
Interlibrary Loan36.9% (92)33.7% (84)29.3% (73)1.92249
Coffee during exams57.1% (148)21.6% (56)21.2% (55)1.64259
Media help34.8% (87)34.0% (85)31.2% (78)1.96250
Recreational reading books33.3% (84)32.9% (83)33.7% (85)2.00252
DVDs27.6% (70)33.1% (84)39.4% (100)2.12254
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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 hours26.1% (69)10.6% (28)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)62.1% (164)264
Availability of Archives staff21.6% (57)12.5% (33)1.9% (5)0.0% (0)64.0% (169)264
Helpfulness of Archives staff24.6% (65)12.1% (32)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)62.1% (164)264
Availability of materials housed in Archives23.9% (63)12.9% (34)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)62.1% (164)264
Ease of use of Archives web site23.9% (63)13.3% (35)3.0% (8)0.0% (0)59.8% (158)264
Physical environment25.5% (67)12.2% (32)1.9% (5)0.0% (0)60.5% (159)263

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 hours25.5% (68)15.0% (40)1.5% (4)0.0% (0)58.1% (155)267
Availability of Media staff25.1% (67)13.5% (36)0.4% (1)0.4% (1)60.7% (162)267
Helpfulness of Media staff28.8% (77)9.4% (25)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)60.7% (162)267
Availability of equipment27.3% (73)12.0% (32)1.5% (4)0.4% (1)58.8% (157)267
Availability of media software24.0% (64)13.1% (35)1.5% (4)0.4% (1)61.0% (163)267
Physical environment of multimedia workstations27.0% (72)12.4% (33)1.5% (4)0.0% (0)59.2% (158)267

Page: Library Changes in Response to Past Surveys
19. The changes below have improved the Library and my ability to use it:
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Expanded library hours on Friday night, Saturday, and during finals59.5% (157)23.9% (63)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)15.5% (41)264
Added new DVDs30.3% (80)23.1% (61)2.7% (7)0.0% (0)43.9% (116)264
Enhanced "Off-Post" or "Remote Access" to improve access to subscription resources when off Post41.9% (111)24.2% (64)0.8% (2)0.8% (2)32.5% (86)265
Added more Recreational Reading books in the Periodical Room30.6% (81)26.0% (69)2.6% (7)0.0% (0)40.8% (108)265
Added IM Reference Service29.8% (79)20.4% (54)3.4% (9)0.4% (1)46.0% (122)265
Provided coffee, hot chocolate, and tea during exams62.3% (165)20.8% (55)1.1% (3)0.4% (1)15.5% (41)265

20. Preston Library has encouraged and supported:
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Reading for general interest or enjoyment36.2% (96)29.4% (78)6.8% (18)1.1% (3)26.4% (70)265
Ability to find reliable information on a topic62.6% (166)23.4% (62)0.8% (2)0.4% (1)12.8% (34)265
Appreciation and enjoyment of learning49.8% (132)29.4% (78)2.6% (7)0.8% (2)17.4% (46)265

Page: Comments and Recommendations
21. I am satisfied with the following:
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Library information resources63.8% (169)25.7% (68)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)9.4% (25)265
Library services67.0% (177)23.5% (62)1.5% (4)0.0% (0)8.0% (21)264
Library facilities66.3% (175)24.6% (65)1.1% (3)0.0% (0)8.0% (21)264

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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