Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 290 2017
leadership, a group of librarians from a handful of libraries approached
COFHE and worked with them to formulate an optional panel of
library-related questions that the participating universities and
colleges could choose to add to the consortial core of the instrument.
We also worked to alert the libraries at the COFHE institutions to
the availability of this panel and encouraged them to talk to their
institutional research offices if they wanted to see these questions
asked. Out of the 34 universities and colleges that ran the survey
that year, 29 (85%) ran questions from the new library module, and
27 (79%) chose formulations that were directly comparable. Figure
4 shows the participating institutions and their response rates.
Figure 4: Participating institutions and their response rates in the 2015 Consortium on Financing
Higher Education (COFHE) Enrolled Student Survey ESS—universities and colleges that included the
same question about the helpfulness of library instruction.
The survey question relevant to instruction was: During the current
academic year, how helpful have library classes and presentations
been to you? The possible answers were: not very helpful, somewhat
helpful, very helpful, and didn’t use. At Cornell 54% of respondents
reported having used library classes and presentations in the
current academic year. This proportion was somewhat lower at
the peer institutions, 42% at the other Ivy League institutions
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