Survey Says…

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March 1, 2005 by J. Johnson

In order to assess the needs of our members and to help meet those needs, the Subject & Special Collections Division (SSCD) took a survey during 2004. As a member of the SSCD, you should have received a copy of this survey via e-mail. This survey was available on the Ohio Library Council website. We thank those of you who have taken time out of your busy day to respond to this survey. The results are in!

  • More than half of you (56.3%) have been a member of SSCD 5 years or less.
  • 65.9% joined because they considered SSCD relevant to their job
  • 90.6% of you work in a public library
  • 48.5% have never used the OLC website to access information about SSCD
  • About 1/3 (33.8%) have read “The Specialist,” the SSCD newsletter
  • 27.7% of you have attended an SSCD sponsored program


Here are the services you would like to see SSCD provide:

  • 20.8 % would like to see training, including online
  • 18.8% want presentations/programs at conferences
  • 17.7% would like to see a website with information relevant to special
  • 9.4% requested preservation workshops
  • 9.4% would like to see web links and materials reviews
  • 7.3% think that web links to virtual tours of special collections would be


If you have further comments or suggestions, please contact the Division Coordinator
or any member of the Action Council. Contact information is available on the OLC website at in the “Divisions, Chapters & Committees” section. AND REMEMBER! We love your input, so let us know what you think. You can e-mail your thoughts to librarian AT


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