Relationship between library collections and the recruitment and retention of faculty at UT Austin




Chiochios, Maria
Pierce Meyer, Kathryn
Hedstrom, Janelle
Rader, Mary

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The study at hand is an in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of the relationship between institutional resources and faculty who are making career decisions to answer the question “(How) do the library’s collections play a role in attracting and retaining top researchers and faculty to the institution?” For this study, data was gathered through literature reviews, an online survey, and in-person interviews, as the relationship between libraries, their collections, and the specific and affective drivers of faculty career decisions had not previously been studied in depth. While the research was limited to one university, The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), the results could be used to nuance and articulate understandings about the impact of library collections on the recruitment and retention of faculty members at similar research-intensive universities. Furthermore, these understandings can help libraries attend to institutional, faculty, and researcher needs and to appropriately and responsibly allocate resources moving forward.



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