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Call for Participation: Survey on Support of Immersive Scholarship and Technologies in Academic Libraries (Deadline 9/20)

(via Elisandro Cabada, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The Grainger Engineering Library at the University of Illinois invites you to take part in a web based online survey on how academic libraries are developing, integrating and implementing technologies to support immersive scholarship at their institution. We define immersive scholarship as any scholarly work developed through or implemented utilizing technologies including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Visualization (i.e., large format displays and visualization walls, GIS, Tableau), and any related hardware, programs or software.

We are seeking survey participants who are employed in an academic library and who currently support immersive scholarship and technologies at their institution.

In particular we are interested in how your academic library has developed tools, implemented third party hardware/software, and in what barriers you have identified at your institution in supporting immersive scholarship.

Link to Online Survey

This survey will remain open until September 20, 2019.

Participation will involve an eight question survey which will take approximately ten to fifteen minutes to complete. Your decision to participate or decline participation in this study is completely voluntary and you have the right to terminate your participation at any time without penalty.

Will my study-related information be kept confidential?

We will use all reasonable efforts to keep your personal information confidential, but we cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. When this research is discussed or published, no one will know that you were in the study. But, when required by law or university policy, identifying information may be seen or copied by:

·         Representatives of the university committee and office that reviews and approves research studies, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Office for Protection of Research Subjects;

·         Other representatives of the state and university responsible for ethical, regulatory, or financial  oversight of research;

·         Federal government regulatory agencies such as the Office of Human Research Protections in the Department of Health and Human Services.

There is no expected risk to you for helping me with this study. There are no expected direct benefits to you either, though participants may find that the publications and presentations resulting from this study can help better strengthen our understanding of how academic libraries are supporting immersive scholarship and technologies.

When the results of the research are published or discussed in conferences, no information will be included that would reveal your identity.

If you have questions about this project, you may contact Alex (Elisandro) Cabada at cabada@illinois.edu or at 217-300-4686. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, please contact the University of Illinois Office for the Protection of Research Subjects at 217-333-2670 or via email at irb@illinois.edu.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important project. If you accept, you will receive an Informed Consent e-mail to peruse before you agree to take part in this project.

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