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Preliminary results of the languages
questionnaire published 5 June 2013 – 1
August 2013
WESLINE conference
2 September 2013
By Colin Homiski and Nick Hearn
Types of library worked in by respondents (Q3)
3
3
6
2
8
Cultural/Museum Sector
Further Education
Higher Education
National Library
Public Library
Other
79
Higher Education respondents by institution
31
33
Oxford
Cambridge
Other
9
What were the other HE Institutions?
Bath 1
Birmingham 1
Brighton 2
Bristol 1
Cardiff 1
Chester 1
Coventry 1
Essex 1
Leeds 1
London 5
Manchester 2
Nottingham 3
Open 1
Portsmouth 1
Sheffield 1
Swansea 2
University of the Highlands and Islands 1
Warwick 1
Westminster 1
120
Languages known by members of the sample group (Q4)
100
80
60
40
20
0
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Other
Language knowledge (Q.4)
• 14 people had some knowledge of all 5 languages
ie French, German, Italian, Spanish and
Portuguese
• 19 people had some knowledge of 4 languages
• 27 people had some knowledge of 3 languages
• 32 people had some knowledge of 2 languages
• 10 people had knowledge of only one language
What other languages do you know (Q5)?
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Russian 22
Latin 19
Greek 14 (Presumaby in most cases ‘ancient’ Greek)
Dutch/Afrikaans 7
Catalan 6
Welsh 6
Polish 3
Hungarian 2
Ukrainian 2
Arabic 2
Gaelic 1
Chinese 1
Basque 1
Hebrew 1
Urdu 1
Indonesian 1
Correlation between languages known
and material acquired
Knows language and acquires
Knows language and doesn’t acquire
Doesn't know language and acquires
What subjects do you collect a) in the vernacular b)in English
(Q13-25)
250
Subject coverage
200
150
Vernacular
100
50
0
English
What other subject are you
responsible for (Q28)
• Over half of respondents stated they were
responsible for a number of other subjects
• ‘Everything’; ‘All subjects principally
humanities up to 1900’, ‘All undergraduate
subjects. ‘Most academic disciplines’
Why are you not a member of any language group (Q32) %
4
4
6.75
Had not heard of such groups
Not appropriate for job
6.75
Not appropriate for grade
49
8
Job would not benefit
Cost
Not relevant to subject
Institution reluctant
9.5
Other
12
Benefits of membership Q33
7%
20%
Attending conferences/networking
Being able to liaise with colleagues
Being able to rely on language support from
groups
73%
If responsible for a language of which you have little
knowledge, what do you rely on (Q27)?
Support from colleagues
Support from academic staff
Use an approval plan
Seek help from WESLINE
Does not apply
Other
Future of WESLINE: Cline of integration Q34
MORE INTEGRATION
d) More cooperation
through umbrella group like
WESLINE with other umbrella
Groups like COSEELIS etc
c) Individual language groups to be
Replaced with a group like WESLINE
LESS INTEGRATION
b) Groups to remain as they are but cooperate more
a) Groups to remain as they are
12
Future of the language groups (Q34)
10
8
6
4
2
0
Groups should remain as they are Groups should remain as they are but Individual language groups should be More cooperation via WESLINE with
more cooperation with other groups increasingly replaced by WESLINE other language groups ie COSEELIS,
NACIRA
Doing a languages questionnaire of this type takes a
long time
Difficult to ask the right questions
There are technical difficulties with online forms
Hard to get a large number of respondents
Subject specialists cover a wide range of subjects
Most want greater cooperation between groups but
not great enthusiasm for full integration
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