Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 78: 111-135 (2017)

原著論文Original Article

大学図書館が実施する「学士課程学生による研究」に対する支援の実態と特徴北米の研究大学図書館を対象とする質問紙調査とインタビュー調査からActual conditions and characteristics of academic library services for undergraduate research: A survey and interviews of research libraries in American and Canadian universities

東京大学附属図書館情報管理課Department of Information Management, University of Tokyo Library System ◇ 〒113-0033 東京都文京区本郷七丁目3番1号 ◇ Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan

受付日:2017年3月20日Received: March 20, 2017
受理日:2017年10月8日Accepted: October 8, 2017
発行日:2017年12月30日Published: December 30, 2017




Purpose: This paper examines the actual conditions and characteristics of academic library services for undergraduate research in the United States and Canada.

Methods: A questionnaire survey was conducted on 133 research university libraries that were selected as research objects. Invitations to participate in a web-based questionnaire survey were sent to the librarians of these institutions by e-mail. The duration of the survey period was October–December 2014, and the month of March in 2015. The interviews were conducted with six libraries. The e-mail interviews were conducted with four libraries in March and April 2015. The face-to-face interviews were conducted with two libraries in May 2015.

Results: The total number of libraries that responded to the questionnaire was 30. The numbers of libraries offering each type of service are as follows: 30 libraries support courses that promote undergraduate research, 28 libraries support honors programs or honors students, 19 libraries support the undergraduate research opportunities program, 16 libraries are involved in the undergraduate research symposium, 9 libraries publish or support the publication of undergraduate research journals, and 14 libraries offer library research awards to undergraduate students. Many libraries collaborate with faculty, and several libraries collaborate with other units, such as the undergraduate research office and the honors program office. The results of the interviews clarified that promoting undergraduate research is considered one of the principal goals in universities, and that libraries recognized support for undergraduate research as an important service that is based on the university’s policy.

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