Faculty Perceptions of the Library: A Case Study at Gannon University
This study concerned itself with a problem at Gannon University: lack of library research assigned to students. Informally, the answers to this problem, on the parts of the faculty, have been: 1) I am overburdened with an unreasonable course load, and do not have the time to dedicate to grading research assignments; and/or 2) the Gannon library does not provide the necessary environment to conduct serious research. Neither of these reasons is without its justification — Gannon does assign a high course load to its faculty, and the library is under-funded. However, Sally LeVan and Emmett Lombard speculated that there could be more involved to this lack of student research assignment. Therefore, they conducted a university-wide survey that asked the faculty basic questions about their assignment practices and familiarity with the library. The survey was followed by two more intensive focus groups in which a better understanding of faculty library perceptions was attained. Though overwork and under-funding can still be justifiable (if not formal) complaints, LeVan and Lombard discovered concrete factors at work that, unlike the informal complaints, can be remedied.
Keywords: Faculty, Library, Students, Perceptions, Research, Assignments
Dr. Sally LeVan
Professor, English Department, Gannon University
Librarian, Library, Gannon University