In the style of an online readers' poll, the LRS 60-Second Survey format is short and to the point. By definition, the survey can be answered in a minute or less. Narrow by intent, 60-Second Surveys attempt to capture the perceptions and knowledge of respondents on a single timely topic. The online surveys are distributed electronically via email, listservs, blogs, etc. Results are reported briefly on the LRS blog and in more detail in Fast Facts.
Thus far, we have conducted the following 60-Second Surveys:
The Value of an MLIS to You
What is the value of an MLIS? For our inaugural 60-Second Survey in May 2008, we asked and you told us! In fact we heard from nearly 2,000 respondents from each of the 50 states and 6 continents. In addition, more than 1,000 respondents left over 56,000 words worth of comments further explaining their thoughts and feelings about the value of an MLIS degree. Clearly, respondents were passionate about this topic and to do it justice we are publishing three Fast Facts: one about the data, one about the comments, and one from an LIS student's perspective.
Reference Service - Where is it Going?
In December 2008, we launched our second 60-Second Survey, prompted by a discussion on Dig-Ref about the potential need for a nationwide campaign marketing reference services. Again, we received a huge response, with over 1,500 people letting us know their thoughts. A Fast Facts publication summarizing the results is on the way. In the meantime, check out the blog post giving early results. Click the image below to see preliminary results:
Do you think the library profession should do more to promote reference services?
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Libraries and the Economic Recession
In April 2009 our third 60-Second Survey, prompted by several news articles discussing the recession's impact on libraries, was launched. Nearly 500 people told us about how the economic downturn was impacting their work. Read the Fast Facts recap, or see our blog post detailing results. Click the chart below to check out the early results:
In the last 12 months, have you had to help more library patrons with the following services?
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