The Universe at Your Fingertips
Block 5 Sessions, 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Program T - Part 2

Survey Data on Your Desktop; The Future for Library Managers

Renata G. Coates
Social Sciences Librarian
University of California, San Diego

Marsha Fanshier
Programmer/Analyst
University of California, San Diego


The UCSD Libraries User Survey was designed to have its results in machine-readable form. Library management, anticipating the need for detailed statistics for future decision making, required that the survey results be manipulatable by library managers. To accomplish this goal, the survey had to be designed in a particular way and subsequently, programming skills were needed to create an interactive website. The results allow individual responses to be considered against a number of variables including but not limited to gender, year in school and major for students; department and years at the university for faculty. Branch managers can review answers dealing specifically with their services or operations. More importantly, for the first time ever, this type of data is available on the individual's desktop allowing universal access for anyone interested in the information. Plans call for a repeat of t his survey in the future, but the 1996 UCSD Libraries User Survey solicited responses from three categories of primary users: undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

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