Print or digital – what is your reading preference?

ARFIS is the Academic Reading Format International Study to explore the reading preferences of students, originating from work by Information Literacy practitioner Diane Mizrachi at UCLA in the USA. The group have a community Facebook page.

You can contribute to the research by completing the survey which is available online for students in UK higher education from 18th February until 31st March 2016.

Participation will take a total of about 5-10 minutes.

This survey is completely anonymous. No information you provide can be traced to you or identify you in any manner.

The results of the research may further our understanding of how students prefer to read their course material, online or print, and inform the decisions and policies of libraries and lecturers regarding the collection and dissemination of online and print academic materials.



Fill in the Library Survey for a chance to win £100

Take the library survey for a chance to win £100

Please give us your views to have your say and help us improve Library Services at St George’s.
To complete the survey follow the link below:

Completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw to win £100.

Deadline: 30th November 2015

Feedback received in previous surveys has been a key driver to these improvements in your library service:

  • Refurbishment of study spaces
  • Improved access to computing facilities and WiFi
  • Extended opening hours

About the survey: We are using the LibQual Survey as an internationally recognised tool for collecting and analysing library feedback – it is completely anonymous, although you do have the option to provide an email address if you wish to be entered into the prize draw, this email will remain confidential and will not be linked to your survey response.

If you have any comments on the survey or queries about it please email: .

libqual 2015

Fill in the m-learning survey for a chance to win a Nexus 7 tablet

The e-Learning Unit at SGUL has been keenly observing changes in student learning habits using mobile devices. Each year the unit releases a mobile learning (m-learning) survey to analyse differences in students’ needs to enable m-learning and SGUL and to develop and implement the m-learning strategy. Each year students who participate in the survey have a chance of being part of a prize draw and this year students are in a chance of winning an Android tablet.

Data gathered from the m-learning survey in previous years has helped to implement SGULs’ iTunesU site, develop and release mobile applications such as MedAssess, MedEdEthics and TGCA (The Genetics Counselling App) with other developments in the pipeline.

Did you know from the students who participated in the survey in 2010 the most popular brand of mobile phone was a Nokia phone (25%), in 2011 both Apple and Blackberry were the most popular brands and in 2012 (39%) and 2013 (49%) the most popular brand was Apple phones. What will it be this year?

Participate in the m-learning survey 2014 by following the link or scanning the QR code:

m-learning survey QR code


The survey will close on Friday 11th July 2014. The winner of the Android Tablet will be notified via their SGUL email provided in the survey (the email address will not be used for any other reason). The survey should take you no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete and all answers will be confidential.

Hunter survey results and Hunter usage

The Library recently ran a short survey to get SGUL students & staff feedback on the Library’s new search tool – Hunter.

The survey received 272 responses. Most (75%) of the respondents were undergraduates with the remainder being postgraduate students (13%), CPD students (5%) and academic & NHS staff (7%). 72% rated Hunter as ‘very good’ to ‘excellent’ and 79% said that it has improved how they access full text content.

The free text comments were interesting. Most were positive in nature with many commenting on how Hunter has improved how they access material for their studies/research and that it was also easy to use. There were a few negative comments which were mainly to do with poor off-campus access. The Library is planning to improve off-campus access in the new year.

A look at the usage statistics (see graph below) backs up the positive feedback students and staff gave Hunter during the survey. Hunter is fast becoming SGUL Library’s most used online resource. Below are the usage statistics for Hunter for the 7 month period from 30 April 2013 to 30 November 2013. (The x-axis shows the total number of searches performed and the y-axis shows the weekly date ranges.)

Hunter was beta launched on 30 April and hard launched on 1 Sept. You can see a clear spike in usage since the hard launch – and this level of usage has been sustained.

Thank you to all the students and staff who completed the survey.

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