Engaging Libraries 2 - Lothian Lugs community survey

Evaluation

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Number of participants: 595 | Number of answers: 22,440

 

1.

Do you consider your local library to be...

 
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Please select as many answers as you wish to complete a sentence you agree with and/or tell us in your own words by selecting 'other'.
 

Number of participants: 593

548 (92.4%): somewhere I can borrow books

275 (46.4%): somewhere I can use the PCs and printers

357 (60.2%): somewhere children are safe and welcome

209 (35.2%): somewhere to carry out research for school/college/university

357 (60.2%): somewhere I am always welcome

232 (39.1%): somewhere I can relax and de-stress

385 (64.9%): somewhere I can find out local information

66 (11.1%): somewhere I can ask for help in times of crisis

200 (33.7%): somewhere I can attend activities and events

357 (60.2%): somewhere that is important to me and my local community

328 (55.3%): somewhere that provides essential services to me and my community

30 (5.1%): Other

Answer(s) from the additional field:

- Haven't had need for library since leaving school
- somewhere i used to borrow books, but dont anymore since my kindle paperwhite is not compatible with the lending system
- Encourages my grandchildren to be interested in reading
- A place where you can do all of the options but only if you are a regular user. Do not take a break from using the services or you will be removed from their system without notice.
- Lovely helpful friendly staff
- Somewhere I can collect batteries for my hearing aids
- A gathering place to book a room and rehearse with acting mentors
- Somewhere social, free and with real people go attend with confidence and not have to use IT
- I can pick up hearing aid batteries
- An alternative to working from home and essential to my mental health
- A quiet environment to write
- Where I get batteries for my hearing aids
- The local library provides a local coffee shopw and as an older person very welcome toilets if I am in town.
- Have recommendations made by librarians for kids.
- Friendly Staff
- An essential part of my life
- The social fund department and food voucher area is oppsite but brilliant also. Im struggling currently but and was knocked back
- I only use it when we are showing parents how to use specific software on the computer which is installed in all West Lothain libraries now
- Getting colour photostats
- Online book lending service
- Somewhere people, both adults and children, who are less well-off financially &/or do not have direct access to digital/cultural means & stimulus can find them, thereby contributing to lessening inequalities.
- Route for ebooks
- Somewhere children learn to love books
- Allows me to connect to local heritage.
- Access eBooks during lockdown.
- Somewhere I attended bookbug sessions
- The click and collect service during lockdown was inspired and has kept me from going completely bonkers! Thank you so much.
- Read national newspapers
- support positive Mental Health
- Use the pcs to work with clients in public areas near to where they live and can get to rather than coming to my office ( pre covid now)
 
 
2.

Is research important to you?

 
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Number of participants: 506

308 (60.9%): Very important

170 (33.6%): Slightly important

28 (5.5%): Not important

 
 
3.

Do you feel research affects your daily life?

 
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Number of participants: 506

233 (46.0%): A lot

206 (40.7%): A little

67 (13.2%): Not at all

 
 
4.

How well do you feel that you are informed about the impact that research has on...?

 
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Please select one answer per row
 

Number of participants: 504

Well informed
(1)
A little informed
(2)
Not informed
(3)
   
  %%% Ø ±
You and your family 135x 27.00 285x 57.00 80x 16.00 1.89 0.65
Your local community 113x 22.65 292x 58.52 94x 18.84 1.96 0.64
The country as a whole 129x 25.80 305x 61.00 66x 13.20 1.87 0.61
 
 
5.

Here are some statements about research. Please tell us how much you agree or disagree with them on a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 = strongly agree to 5 = strongly disagree

 
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Please select one answer for each statement.
 

Number of participants: 506

1
Strongly agree
(1)
2
(2)
3
(3)
4
(4)
5
Strongly disagree
(5)
   
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I don’t understand the point of all the research being done 16x 3.18 27x 5.37 78x 15.51 112x 22.27 270x 53.68 4.18 1.08
I don’t think I’m clever enough to understand research 11x 2.19 35x 6.96 62x 12.33 126x 25.05 269x 53.48 4.21 1.05
Research is such a big part of our lives that we should all take an interest 192x 38.17 148x 29.42 85x 16.90 51x 10.14 27x 5.37 2.15 1.19
All university research should be funded by the Government 105x 20.96 84x 16.77 207x 41.32 58x 11.58 47x 9.38 2.72 1.19
School put me off research 10x 2.01 38x 7.65 95x 19.11 116x 23.34 238x 47.89 4.07 1.07
The benefits of research are greater than any harmful effects 161x 32.01 130x 25.84 132x 26.24 46x 9.15 34x 6.76 2.33 1.20
 
 
6.

Finally, please tell us the research areas you would or would not be interested in finding out more about from the list below.

 
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The most popular research subjects will be showcased in our community activities later in the year by the people carrying out the research .
 

Number of participants: 505

Yes - I'd like to know more
(1)
No - I'm not interested in this
(2)
   
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Age friendly City design 256x 55.77 203x 44.23 1.44 0.50
Assisted living with Robotics and AI - At home with robotics and artificial intelligence 222x 49.44 227x 50.56 1.51 0.50
Body image perceptions 221x 49.00 230x 51.00 1.51 0.50
Brain ageing 411x 85.98 67x 14.02 1.14 0.35
Brewing and distilling - Beer, gin and whisky 141x 32.12 298x 67.88 1.68 0.47
Climate change solutions 363x 77.90 103x 22.10 1.22 0.42
Conspiracy theories - Misinformation e.g. fake news 217x 48.12 234x 51.88 1.52 0.50
Data security 283x 62.89 167x 37.11 1.37 0.48
Insurance risk 147x 33.64 290x 66.36 1.66 0.47
Laser manufacturing - medical technology 160x 36.87 274x 63.13 1.63 0.48
Marine conservation 281x 62.31 170x 37.69 1.38 0.49
Medical technology 314x 68.11 147x 31.89 1.32 0.47
Mental health 408x 85.18 71x 14.82 1.15 0.36
New technology 324x 71.68 128x 28.32 1.28 0.45
Pandemics and disease spread 340x 74.24 118x 25.76 1.26 0.44
Robotics and artificial intelligence 204x 46.79 232x 53.21 1.53 0.50
Satellites 126x 29.10 307x 70.90 1.71 0.45
Sign language 272x 59.91 182x 40.09 1.40 0.49
Smart textiles - using textiles to improve health, fitness and for communication 253x 56.47 195x 43.53 1.44 0.50
Social disadvantage 287x 63.92 162x 36.08 1.36 0.48
Sustainable housing 327x 70.63 136x 29.37 1.29 0.46