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Along with required institutional reports, the libraries also generate a number of other types of data and information.
Most of these fall into two categories:
statistics that are generated or gathered in the course of routine library operations, like those dealing with circulation, reference, or "foot traffic,"
special efforts or initiatives--most commonly surveys--designed to gather information on particular topics of interest.
Crump/Freund Survey -- Data Description
Collected in 2010 and 2011 for inclusion in the book "Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries," the Crump/Freund survey results are the most recent snapshot of staff and student attitudes toward libraries and library services at UF.
Produced by Program:
Format: Available as an Excel Spreadsheet
Contacts: Michele Crump and Leilani Freund
Room 246 Library West
The LibQual Assessment is a standardized assessment survey designed to assess user opinions of library service quality.
The core of the survey consists of 22 questions addressing three general areas: "Affect of Service," "Information Control," and "Library as Place." Open-ended comments and survey respondent demographics are also solicited as a part of the core.
Institutions can also add up to five "local" questions to the survey core. In addition, an auxiliary module can collect up to 5 information literacy items and three general satisfaction questions.
Numerous types of data are generated through the Aleph ILS/LMS system.
Some types of data/statistics/reports are produced automatically, as a part of ongoing library procedures, while others can be generated if desired. Others can be generated on-demand through ARROW ("Ad-Hoc Report Requests Over the Web.") requests to the Gainesville-based FCLA (Florida Center for Library Automation), a subsidiary of the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC).
These requests typically provide data and statistics, which are either pre-existing or generated from Oracle tables. In cases where raw data is not provided, it may be available by request from FCLA. A list of available reports can be accessed at http://fclaweb.fcla.edu/node/215
The following is a partial listing of the main types of data available: Circulation, Building Usage (Graduate Floor, Study Rooms)
Circulation -- Data Description
Circulation data refers to a broad set of measures designed to capture the circulation and movement of a variety of library materials.
Produced by Program: ALEPH
Contact: Jim Stevens
Room 246 Library West
SUMA -- Data Description
SUMA is an open source space usage assessment tool developed at North Carolina State University.