LibQUAL+ is a survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) which helps the Library:
The survey is designed to gauge user perceptions of service quality in three areas:
Each of the 22 core service statements are rated on three measures: the minimum acceptable level of service, the desired level of service, and the perceived level of service.
The survey includes five locally-chosen questions, asks about general satisfaction, and provides an optional comments box.
In Spring 2007, a total of 1,334 faculty & students responded to the LibQUAL+ survey:
Faculty gave positive scores (perceived service level above the minimum) for 20 of the 22 core questions, but negative scores on the issue of the adequacy of our journal collections and web site. The combined results for the 41 research libraries that participated in the 2007 survey also show faculty giving negative scores for journal collections and website, along with negative scores on four other items related to information control.
Graduate students gave positive scores for 21 of the core questions but agreed with faculty that the Library is not meeting their minimum needs when it comes to journal collections. Graduate students also gave the Library negative scores on three of the five items related to Library as Place. Clearly, the fact that multi-year renovation projects were underway at the time of the survey had an impact on users' perceptions.
Undergraduate scores were all positive but reflect the high value they place on information control issues and the importance of the facilities. The most-improved scores among the undergraduates were all related to their interactions with Library staff.
Read the summary report for more detailed analysis of the results.
The Library is addressing the perceived inadequacies of the journal collections, the website, and the Library's facilities by conducting focus groups and usability studies. Moreover, the survey results are informing the Library's strategic planning process.
The comments also led to a number of service and collection improvements, including: