Survey for Librarians at ARL Libraries

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“Please consider contributing to what we feel is an important and timely research project by taking a survey on human-based research and user data collection in ARL academic libraries.

The survey is open to all professional-level library employees regardless of appointment status, job type or educational credential – a diverse data pool is key to our query! ”


The use of observable information, and readily available digital data about student user behavior is undeniably attractive as academic library value, return on investment and impact on student learning outcomes drives research initiatives are increasingly scrutinized. The drive for increased assessment activity is the result of a push for evidence-based decision-making, increased higher education accountability, cohesive institutional and national criteria; and, demonstrations of library impact on student success and achievement.

In light of the increasing demand for scholarly research in libraries, we are seeking to explore the research training and supports for academic librarians to help effectively meet evidence-based decision making requirements and to balance human subject research standards.

This multi-method approach includes a survey of academic librarians; and, an examination of IRB standards and digital data collection research practices in ARL libraries.

Study participation involves completing a survey that includes the 1) librarian research education and training, organizational support and professional development; and 2) institutional infrastructure for research review.

You may access the online survey by clicking on the link below or by copying and pasting the URL below into your Internet browser. The survey will close on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

Follow this link to the Survey:

Take the survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

This study has been approved by the UF Institutional Review Board (IRB201700941).

If you would like more information about this study, please contact Dr. Laura Spears, at or (352) 273-2711.

Thank you and best regards!

Laura I. Spears|MSLIS, PhD.

Assessment Librarian

University of Florida

George A. Smathers Libraries

519 Library West, P.O. Box 117000, Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-2711