4. Would you support a reduction in the monograph/books budget in your discipline to help fund journals?

All Respondents
 

Frequency

Valid Percent

Yes

159

42.1

No

146

38.6

Undecided

73

19.3

Total

378

100.0


Overall, a nearly identical number of respondents expressed support (42%) as did not support (39%) buying fewer books to help fund journals in a discipline. In either case, these numbers were significantly smaller than those that supported canceling print subscriptions to support electronic access. There was a relatively high percentage of “undecided” responses (19%) to this question. 

 


(Count)

 

All Respondents by Academic Status
 

 
(n / %)

Yes

No

Undecided

Total

Faculty

78

65

35

178

43.8

36.5

19.7

100.0

Graduate

46

40

18

104

44.2

38.5

17.3

100.0

Undergraduate

15

24

12

51

29.4

47.1

23.5

100.0

Staff

18

14

7

39

46.2

35.9

17.9

100.0

Other

2

3

1

6

33.3

50.0

16.7

100.0

Total

159

146

73

378

42.1

38.6

19.3

100.0


Again, a much higher percentage of undergraduate students (47%) did not support buying fewer books to fund journals compared to faculty, graduate students, and staff. Undergraduates also had the highest percentage of “undecided” responses to this question. The relative percentages were fairly similar among respondents in the other categories and were in line with the overall response to this question.

 

Faculty by Subject Division
 

(n / %)

Yes

No

Undecided

Total

Business

10

5

3

18

55.6

27.8

16.7

100.0

Education

11

4

3

18

61.1

22.2

16.7

100.0

Engineering

8

4

6

18

44.4

22.2

33.3

100.0

Fine Arts

1

12

3

16

6.3

75.0

18.8

100.0

Health Sci.

10

3

3

16

62.5

18.8

18.8

100.0

Humanities

3

13

4

20

15.0

65.0

20.0

100.0

Sciences

15

14

2

31

48.4

45.2

6.5

100.0

Social Sci.

13

8

10

31

41.9

25.8

32.3

100.0

Library

5

2

1

8

62.5

25.0

12.5

100.0

Other

2

0

0

2

100.0

.0

.0

100.0

Total

78

65

35

178

43.8

36.5

19.7

100.0


Overall, there doesn't appear to be a general consensus on buying fewer books to help fund journals in a discipline. A relatively high 20% of the faculty respondents were undecided – with the highest percentages in Engineering and the Social Sciences. Only four subject divisions had over 50% of the faculty supporting buying fewer books – in Business, Education, Health Sciences, and the Library. The strongest support for not buying fewer books was among Fine Arts (75%) and Humanities (65%) faculty.

 

Graduate Students by Subject Division
 
(n / %)

Yes

No

Undecided

Total

Business

4

1

0

5

80.0

20.0

.0

100.0

Education

12

4

9

25

48.0

16.0

36.0

100.0

Engineering

7

10

0

17

41.2

58.8

.0

100.0

Fine Arts

2

2

2

6

33.3

33.3

33.3

100.0

Health Sci.

1

1

0

2

50.0

50.0

.0

100.0

Humanities

5

3

2

10

50.0

30.0

20.0

100.0

Sciences

5

5

3

13

38.5

38.5

23.1

100.0

Social Sci.

10

14

2

26

38.5

53.8

7.7

100.0

Total

46

40

18

104

44.2

38.5

17.3

100.0

There was slightly less support (44%) among graduate student respondents for buying fewer books to help fund journals in discipline than there was for canceling journals. Again, the low number of respondents makes it difficult to consider results by subject division to be reliable. In general, there was more support among Business and Education students to buy fewer books while more Engineering and Social Sciences did not support this activity than did. The number of undecided responses was relatively high – at 17%.
 

 

Undergraduate Students by Subject Division
 
(n / %)

Yes

No

Undecided

Total

Business

4

5

2

11

36.4

45.5

18.2

100.0

Education

0

1

1

2

.0

50.0

50.0

100.0

Engineering

1

1

1

3

33.3

33.3

33.3

100.0

Fine Arts

2

3

0

5

40.0

60.0

.0

100.0

Health Sci.

2

1

0

3

66.7

33.3

.0

100.0

Humanities

0

3

0

3

.0

100.0

.0

100.0

Sciences

1

4

1

6

16.7

66.7

16.7

100.0

Social Sci.

4

6

7

17

23.5

35.3

41.2

100.0

Other

1

0

0

1

100.0

.0

.0

100.0

Total

15

24

12

51

29.4

47.1

23.5

100.0

 

Only 30% of the undergraduate student respondents supported buying fewer books to help fund journals in their discipline. A clear majority of students did not support buying fewer books while 23% were undecided. Even though the low number of respondents made it difficult to see trends across subject divisions there were some differences. A higher percentage of students in the Social Sciences were undecided while a higher percentage of students in the Sciences and Fine Arts did not support buying fewer books compared to other subject divisions. The Health Sciences was the only discipline where more students supported buying fewer books than did not.