ISS Data Committee Survey

During the 2004-2005 school year, ISS and AASL conducted an informal survey of its members in order to ascertain useful statistics about our school libraries. Members were asked to answer 16 questions online. All information submitted is confidential and no school names are associated with any of responses. The following is a preliminary summary report of the statistics we have gathered from the 420 respondents. Further analysis is pending that will look at statistical correlations between responses, for example, the correlation between the number of library FTEs and the size of the collection, or the number of hours the library is open, etc. These findings will be published within the context of a research article, and will be publicized to the Independent school library community. Please keep in mind that the results are based on which independent school librarians chose to respond to the survey questions. No attempt has been made to create a statistically accurate balance of small schools/large schools, geographic region, etc. We believe the information will be useful to us all as we make the case for increased support of our school libraries. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions for statistics you wish we had gathered, but did not, please send them to our Data Committee chair, Susan Williamson (Albuquerque Academy) at Williamson@aa.edu.

Independent Schools Survey—Fall 2005 Summary Report

Note: In most cases, percentages were rounded up or down to the nearest number.

1. What is the name of your school? A total of 420 schools responded to the survey.

2. In what state is your school located?(420 valid responses)

  • a. California 11%
  • b. Texas 10%
  • c. Massachusetts 8%
  • d. New York 7%
  • e. Connecticut 6%
  • f. Washington 5%
  • g. Ohio 4
  • h. Virginia 4%
  • i. Maryland 4%
  • j. Florida 4%

(All other states had a responding rate of less than 4% of the total responses.)

3. Total number of students served by this library media center?(420 valid responses)

  • a. 0-500 students 65%
  • b. 501-1000 students 28%
  • c. 1000-2000 students 6%
  • d. 2000+ students .04 %

4. Total number of faculty served by this library media center?(420 valid responses)

  • a. 0-25 faculty 15 %
  • b. 25-50 faculty 38%
  • c. 50-75 faculty 21%
  • d. 75-100 faculty 15%
  • e. 100-150 faculty 9%
  • f. 150-250 faculty 2%

5. Type of school (check all that apply): (420 valid responses)

  • a. Day 81%
  • b. Boarding 3%
  • c. Both day and boarding 14%
  • d. Single gender-girls 9%
  • e. Single gender-boys 8%
  • f. Co-ed 70%

6. Grade range served by this library media center? The most prevalent identified grade ranges were:

  • a. 9 – 12 26%
  • b. PK/K – 8 15%
  • c. 6 – 12 11%
  • d. PK/K – 12 9%
  • e. 5 – 12 6%
  • f. 7 – 12 6%

(Note: There were many other reported grade ranges (i.e., 1- 6; 3 – 12; K – 4; K -5), but all others had a reporting frequency of 5% or less)

7. Budget

a. $ per student: (331 valid responses)

  • i. 0 - $25 19%
  • ii. $25 - $50 25%
  • iii. $50 - $75 14%
  • iv. $75 - $100 11%
  • v. $100 - $150 5%
  • vi. $150 - $250 3%
  • vii. $250 or more 1%
  • viii. No answer 22%

b. Library media center budget as a % of total school operating budget (80 responses)

i. There were not enough useful, substantive responses to this question to allow for valid statistical analysis.

c. Does this library media center have an endowment?

  • i. No 88%
  • ii. Yes 10%
  • iii. No answer 2%

8. Library media center staff:

a. Ratio of students per professional (credentialed or other degree) (365 valid responses)

  • i. 0-100/1 18%
  • ii. 101-200/1 10%
  • iii. 201-300/1 25%
  • iv. 301-400/1 24%
  • v. 401-500/1 11%
  • vi. 501-600/1 4%
  • vii. 601-700/1 5%
  • viii. 700-1000+/1 3%

b. Ratio of students per total library media center staff (including para-professionals) (354 valid responses)

  • i. 0-100/1 18%
  • ii. 101-200/1 31%
  • iii. 201-300/1 27%
  • iv. 301-400/1 14%
  • v. 401-500/1 5%
  • vi. 501-600/1 3%
  • vii. 601-1000+/1 2%

c. Total library media center staff FTE (403 valid responses)

  • i. 1 – 2 73%
  • ii. 2 – 3 13%
  • iii. 3 – 4 8%
  • iv. 4 – 5 3%
  • v. 5 or more 3%

9. Total # hours open per week (including weekends) during school year: (411 valid responses)

  • i. 1 – 20 hours 3%
  • ii. 20 – 30 hours 3%
  • iii. 30 – 40 hours 35%
  • iv. 40 – 50 hours 43%
  • v. 50 or more hours 15%

10. Collections:

a. Total # items (414 valid responses)

  • i. 0 – 6000 9%
  • ii. 6001 – 10000 21%
  • iii. 10001 - 15000 24%
  • iv. 15001 – 20000 21%
  • v. 20001 – 25000 8%
  • vi. 25001 – 30000 6%
  • vii. 30001 - 50000 8%
  • viii. 50001 or more 3%

b. # print items per student (292 valid responses)

  • i. 0-25 items 33%
  • ii. 25-50 items 44%
  • iii. 50-75 items 14%
  • iv. 75-100 items 5%
  • v. 100+ items 4%

c. # non-print items in collection (e.g. media equipment, etc�) (312 valid reponses),

  • i. 0 – 200 29%
  • ii. 201 – 400 10%
  • iii. 401 – 600 13%
  • iv. 601 – 800 9.5%
  • v. 801 – 1000 10%
  • vi. 1001 – 1500 10.5%
  • vii. 1501 – 2000 5%
  • viii. 2001 – 3000 6%
  • ix. 3001 or more 7%

d. # print periodical subscriptions (391 valid responses)

  • i. 0 – 25 38%
  • ii. 26 – 50 32%
  • iii. 51 – 100 21%
  • iv. 101 – 200 7%
  • v. 201 or more 2%

e. # database subscriptions (384 valid responses)

  • i. 0 – 5 41%
  • ii. 5 – 10 26%
  • iii. 10 – 20 24%
  • iv. 20 or more 9%

11. Library media center facilities:

a. Square footage (256 valid responses)

  • i. 1 – 3000 sq. ft. 46%
  • ii. 3001 - 6000 sq. ft. 25%
  • iii. 6001 – 10000 sq. ft. 17%
  • iv. 10001 or more sq. ft. 12%

b. # seats (384 valid responses)

  • i. 0 – 25 14%
  • ii. 26 – 50 33%
  • iii. 51 – 75 22%
  • iv. 76 – 100 16%
  • v. 101 – 150 9%
  • vi. 151 or more 5%

12. Computer access:

a. # workstations or laptops in library media center (413 valid responses)

  • i. 0 – 10 45%
  • ii. 11 – 20 26%
  • iii. 21 – 30 15%
  • iv. 31 – 40 7%
  • v. 41 or more 7%

(Note: Multiple respondents explained that because their institutions were ‘laptopped’ schools where each student had their own computer, the library had very few (or no) workstations. This might help explain the very high percentage of schools with few workstations/laptops)

b. Do you provide wireless access?

  • i. No 34%
  • ii. Yes 64%
  • iii. No answer 2%

c. Do you provide remote database access?

  • i. No 20%
  • ii. Yes 76%
  • iii. No Answer 4%

13. Do you have a library media center web page?

  • i. No 24%
  • ii. Yes 74%
  • iii. No Answer 2%

14. Do you have an automated catalog?

  • i. No 4%
  • ii. Yes 94%
  • iii. No answer 2%

15. Is the catalog accessible remotely?

  • i. No 45%
  • ii. Yes 52%
  • iii. No answer 3%

16. Does this library media center serve a summer program?

  • i. No 75%
  • ii. Yes 24%
  • iii. No answer 1%