ACRL publishes “User Surveys in College Libraries: CLIP Note 38”

Contact: Dawn Mueller
Production Editor, ACRL
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2007

ACRL publishes “User Surveys in College Libraries: CLIP Note 38”

CHICAGO —The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is proud to announce the publication of “User Surveys in College Libraries: CLIP Note 38,” compiled by Doreen Kopycinski of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and Kimberley Sando of DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. It is part of ACRL’s College Libraries Section’s College Library Information Packet Committee series.

The first edition of the CLIP Note “User Surveys in College Libraries” in 1995 proved to be a popular publication, as libraries strive to improve their services to their user communities by attempting to discover their needs and expectations. In the past 10 years, the use of surveys in libraries has evolved with the development of online tools and services, so it was deemed appropriate to provide a second edition of this publication.

Using the CLIP Notes guidelines, the compilers developed a survey based on that found in the 1995 “User Surveys in College Libraries” to allow for an historical comparison. A first draft of the survey was tested on a sample group, and the survey was edited based on feedback. In May 2006, the compilers invited librarians representing 251 libraries to respond, garnering a response rate of 53%.

Ordering information can be found on the ACRL Web site, (Click on Publications / Books & Monographs / CLIP Notes). ACRL members receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase.

ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, represents 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic and research libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.