60 Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
Set up of a formal service offering (and a librarian officially dedicated to entrepreneurship). Revision
of our database license agreements to expand the access to more users (e.g., alumni). Subscription to
specialized health & sciences market research databases to respond to emerging needs.
Since there is not a dedicated librarian or staff position specifically responsible for supporting
entrepreneurship, we can only assume that there are gaps in library services for this community.
The librarians currently provide support as part of a wide suite of liaison support for their very
large constituencies.
Staff levels have limited our ability to conduct outreach and develop more intensive services
for entrepreneurship.
STEM graduate researchers and STEM faculty
Strategic direction and formal plan within the library that specifically supports entrepreneurship.
The business school uses the library’s research guide, but the library isn’t incorporated into
their curriculum.
The CID space in the library needs to be larger to accommodate more groups; better technology is
needed; more flexible furniture is needed; we could also develop better outreach, better collaboration
between faculty and librarians, etc. In addition, we only buy bundles of market research. We have no
means to buy individual research reports or “house” them.
There are gaps in our market research database report collection. We have seen an increase in research
requests for the bio-tech market. The market research databases that offer those reports are costly.
There are resources that would be useful to entrepreneurs that we don’t have access to. We also are
limited in the amount of support we can provide because of staffing.
There are several databases the entrepreneurship faculty would like but we have been unable to
purchase them due to funding. These include expanded databases with additional industry and
company profiles, including private company research, a business plan competition database, and
private equity and venture capital databases.
There is a need for more market research targeted to health innovation and medical devices, and to
pharma data. We would also like more resources that demonstrate best practices for using specialized
equipment that support innovation and entrepreneurship.
We could reach a lot more people if we had more time and manpower. We could purchase more
resources if we had more money.
We do not have dedicated staff specifically for this role.
We don’t currently have a focused strategy to provide services to support entrepreneurship.
We need a minimum of two more market research databases to be on par with our comparator
universities supporting entrepreneurship activity, in order to expand our coverage of technology,
consumer, and biomedical markets. We do not have any campus-wide access to venture capital/angel
investing funding databases, and the demand for this information is growing beyond sending them
to use the Tech Transfer Office license. We do not have good depth in business directory resources
that are typical for our size university and the amount of entrepreneurship research happening here,
and there are a couple of biomedical and engineering entrepreneurship trade journals that would be
welcome here if we can figure out how to fund them. Would love to see a joint development initiative to
fund such resources expansion for entrepreneurship between library, business school, and engineering
school, but so far the business librarian’s efforts at such discussions haven’t seen any movement.
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