Since CoLRiC’s inception in 1993 we have published surveys on a range of issues. In 2020 we launched a new survey for our members. The 2020 CoLRiC Annual Survey has been designed to reflect considerable change across the Further Education and Sixth Form College sector.  It features two questionnaires: one for staff and one for students. The findings of the survey will be shared with the CoLRiC community.

The staff survey addresses issues around organisational mergers, multi-campus service delivery, human resources, strategic and operational planning and budgets. Access to decision making and the ability to influence at a senior management level was addressed, alongside the library and learning resources service contribution to teaching and learning and the digital learning environment.

The student survey addresses issues around course support and the impact of print and e-resources on study and the learning experience.

What do I think of the library? It’s basically my second home

Feedback, views and ideas from the CoLRiC community are crucial to help us to help you develop and deliver innovative Library and Learning Resource Services. The survey is designed to ensure that the information and data we gather is relevant and useful for operational and strategic planning. Year on year this survey will enable us to build a critical mass of invaluable benchmarking information to improve decision making and build high quality, impactful resources and services.

The CoLRiC survey reflects the enormous impact library and learning resource services have on students. Overwhelmingly they report that they could not do without the specialist, individualised support library teams offer, despite budgetary and staffing restrictions. E-resources, especially e-books, form a considerable part of that support, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey assures us all that libraries are well-placed to deliver the agile response students and colleagues will need in the coming months, and that we are infinitely adaptable!

Helen Crowther, Library Manager, Blackpool Sixth Form College

Some of our member Colleges have assimilated the CoLRiC survey questions into local surveys. Please don’t hesitate to contact the CoLRiC Admin team if you require further advice and information on how best to do this.

A history of CoLRiC surveys

An overview of CoLRiC surveys:

  • Annual Performance and Impact Indicators survey (PII)
  • Sixth Form College survey
  • General FE College survey