This year’s survey of graduating seniors by the Cornell Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) included some stuff that warmed the cockles of my otherwise jaded librarian heart:
- About 40% of ILR seniors felt that library resources and services contributed “quite a bit” or “very much” to their ability to evaluate the quality of information they found.
- Over 60% of those seniors felt the library contributed “quite a bit” or “very much” to their ability to conduct research.
- Over half gave the same ratings to our contribution to their efficiency.
- And about 60% said we contributed “quite a bit” or “very much” to their academic success.
Approximately 50% of graduating seniors actually replied to this survey, and if I were to add in the folks who said we contributed “some” to the areas above, our stats would jump to the 85-90% range. I can’t help but be pleased with what this says about Catherwood, even if this year’s crew didn’t directly compare us to Vegas.