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The American Public’s Priorities for 2016

This annual feature from Pew Research Center is accompanied by numerous infographics that highlight what Americans are most concerned about, and how these concerns will affect the upcoming presidential election.

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What Provosts Think – 2016 Version

The 2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Chief Academic Officers  presents the musings of 539 provosts or chief academic officers.

“At a time of intense pressure on academic leaders, provosts are worried about the future of liberal arts education — not just at liberal arts colleges, but at all institutions that provide general education to students.

They have real doubts about their budget situations, some new MOOC-inspired forms of higher education and the ability to preserve academic integrity when pursuing big-time athletics.” (Intro)

The full report is available with free registration.

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Hundreds of Socio-Economic/Demographic Tables for Jersey City Released

The American Community Survey (part of the Census Bureau) has just released hundreds of tables of data pertaining to Jersey City and to every state, county, municipality in the country. Drilling down to the granular level, these statistics provide the foundation upon which planners, designers, and policy leaders can make informed decisions regarding the provision of services. This site is a must for all who have a stake in the future development of their communities.

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Millennials Prefer Print to Ebook

At least that is the upshot of a survey undertaken by Publishing Technology that “…has revealed that young people on both sides of the Atlantic are avid readers, but overwhelmingly prefer print books to ebooks.” This format choice is echoed by a recent Pew report  A Snapshot of Reading in America 2013. And here are nine additional studies supporting these observations. You might also like to peruse this February 22, 2015 article from The Washington Post: Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.

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Quality of Life in European Cities

From the European Commission, The Quality of Life in European Cities gives the results of a massive survey undertaken in dozens of European cities.”This survey included all capital cities of the countries concerned (except for Switzerland), together with between one and six more cities in the larger countries. In each city, around 500 citizens were interviewed.”(Introduction) Questions ranged from residents rating their sports stadiums, their public transportation systems, to their opinion on whether or not having foreigners in their midst is a good thing. Key findings are found on pages 3-11; they are followed by in-depth charts and statistical data for each question posed. Comparative information from the 2009 survey is also offered. A revealing work to say the least.

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2012/2013 Higher Education Faculty Salaries by Discipline

This report from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources – Faculty in Higher Education (Four-Year Institutions) Salary Survey – based on responses from hundreds of institutions, shows the median salary at the different ranks of professorship as well as providing breakdowns by tenure and discipline. These are aggregate numbers; universities are not listed by name but the information is pooled into the aforementioned groupings. While one expects salary differentials among the various ranks, it is quite revealing to see the salaries paid according to discipline.

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What Do People Want From Their Libraries?

Apparently, everything. This Pew Internet report – Library services in the digital age – was based on a survey done by Pew, and the results make for insightful reading. An array of questions was posed and some of the results are that:                                                                                                                                                     73% of library patrons in the past 12 months say they visit to browse the shelves for books or media.

54% visit to do research on topics that interest them.

50% visit to get help from a librarian.

 49% say they visit to sit, read, and study, or watch or listen to media.

Patrons want the latest technologies, they want help using their handheld devices, and they still want books. There is much more to this report, and it is worth the read for all concerned, patrons and librarians alike. Other reports of interest include: Net Generation Students and Libraries (EDUCAUSE); The Library, Through Students’ Eyes (New York Times); What Students Don’t Know (Inside Higher Ed); Assessment 360: Mapping Undergraduates and the Library at the University of Connecticut (CLIR); The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report (ALA); and Students Research the Library (College & Research Libraries News). Also visit the ERIAL Project, an ethnographic look at how students view/use the library. This study has much to tell us.

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