Continuing Education Needs and Interest Survey Comparison between 2003 and 2008

Comparison of 2003 and 2008 responses to Continuing Education Needs and Interest surveys

 

Special thanks to Pat Ragains (Business and Government Information Librarian, University of Nevada at Reno) for compiling this data.

Q1: How would you rate the importance of continuing education for instruction librarians?
Answer options 2003 Response percent 2003 Response count 2008 Response percent 2008 Response count
Very high 72% 144 72.4% 686
Above average 25.80% 52 22.5% 213
Average 2.48% 5 4.6% 44
Below average 0% 0 0.4% 4
Low 0% 0 0.0% 0
Answered question   201   947
Skipped question   4   0

 

 


 

 

Q2: ACRL has adopted Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. In which of these proficiency categories would you like to see continuing education programs offered? (Check all that apply.)
Answer options: 2003 Response count   Answer options: 2008 Response percent 2008 Response count
Managing instruction programs 92   Administrative skills 22.8% 209
Evaluation techniques 144   Assessment and evaluation skills 81.9% 750
Faculty/librarian collaborations 130   Communication skills 33.7% 309
Using technology to teach 104   Information literacy integration skills 73.7% 675
Instructional design skills 152   Instructional design skills 85.7% 785
Engaging students 149   Leadership skills 31.0% 284
Learning technology 70   Planning skills 36.6% 335
Teaching technology 69   Presentation skills 53.7% 492
Comments 24   Promotion skills 38.6% 354
[# of respondents not counted - no percentages calculated]     Teaching skills 71.6% 656
Skipped question 4   Comments   57
        Answered question 916
        Skipped question 31

 

 


 

 

Q3: What obstacles keep you from attending or participating in continuing education activities? (Check all that apply.)
Answer options 2003 Response percent 2003 Response count   2008 Response percent 2008 Response count
Lack of financial support from my institution 44.69% 101   53.3% 485
Topics not of interest 23% 52   25.3% 230
Lack of release time from my institution 19.46% 44   12.3% 112
Finding time to attend   n.a.   64.5% 587
Lack of more advanced workshop opportunities   n.a.   35.4% 322
Other 12.83% 29      
Comments         71
  Answered question 226     910
  Skipped question 56     37

 

 


 

 

Q4: What method of delivery do you prefer? Rank 1-3. (1 = most preferred.)
2003 survey answer options: 2003 Response count
Viewing or listening to a videotape or audiotape of an ALA preconference 4
Attending state or regional meetings 102
Attending national meetings 43
Reading on my own 34
Participating in online courses 22
Participating in teleconferences, videoconferences, or webcasts 12
Total 217
Comments 20
Answered question [# of respondents not counted - no percentages calculated] --
Skipped question 5

 


 

Q4: What method of delivery do you prefer? Rank 1-3. (1 = most preferred.)
2008 survey answer options: 1 - most preferred 2 - strongly preferred 3 - preferred Response count
Attending state or regional meetings 248 165 152  
Attending national meetings 83 128 131  
Attending specialized meetings (e.g. LOEX, LOEX of the West) 180 134 99  
Attending preconferences 39 60 67  
Reading on my own 49 67 162  
Participating in online courses 159 165 107  
Participating in teleconferences, videoconferences, or webcasts 138 168 155  
Comments       52
Answered question       900
Skipped question       47

 

 


 

 

Q5: How do you currently learn about continuing education opportunities? (Check all that apply.)
Answer options 2003 Response percent 2003 Response count 2008 Response percent 2008 Response count
ILI-L   147 48.6% 436
C&RL News   135 59.5% 534
IS Professional Education Committee's Continuing Education website   13 6.8% 61
Association newsletters (ALA/ACRL, state, local, or other professional organizations)     73.1% 656
Colleagues     63.9% 574
Webpages of national, state, or local organizations     44.2% 397
Comments   42   103
  [# of respondents not counted - no percentages calculated] n.a. answered question 898
  skipped question 24 skipped question 49

 

 


 

 

Q6: What method of delivery do you prefer? Rank 1-3. (1 = most preferred.)
2008 survey answer options: 1 - most heavily involved 2 - very involved 3 - involved Response count 2003 survey question not asked
Orientation sessions 114 169 253    
Drop-in workshops 21 57 125    
General instruction sessions 247 272 114    
Discipline-specific instruction sessions 372 205 100    
General credit courses 56 40 32    
Discipline-specific credit courses 35 32 26    
Online instruction (tutorials or distance education) 36 65 131    
Comments       64  
Answered question       886  
Skipped question       61  

 

 


 

 

Q7: Your institution is a:
Answer options 2003 Response percent 2003 Response count 2008 Response percent 2008 Response count
Doctorate-granting university 40.88% 83 46.1% 410
Master's college or university 26.10% 53 24.5% 218
Baccalaureate college 16.75% 34 12.1% 108
Associates college 13.30% 27 14.5% 129
Special focus institution     2.7% 24
Tribal college     0.0% 0
Comments 3% 6   34
Answered question   203   889
Skipped question   21   58

 

 


 

 

Q8: What level of student do you teach?
Answer options 2003 Survey - Not Asked 2008 Response percent 2008 Response count
Only undergraduates   30.5% 271
Mostly undergraduates and some graduate students   42.3% 376
Some undergraduates and some graduate students   17.1% 152
Mostly graduate and some undergraduate students   7.4% 66
Only graduate students   2.6% 23
Answered question     888
Skipped question     59

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Q9: Please note your years of experience as an instruction librarian.
Answer options 2003 Survey - Not Asked 2008 Response percent 2008 Response count
0-2 years   20.1% 178
3-5 years   20.7% 183
6-10 years   21.2% 188
More than 10 years   38.0% 337
Answered question     886
Skipped question     61

 

 


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