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(via ACRL)

The ACRL Board of Directors is seeking input on the development of the association’s Signature Initiative on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). During the Leadership Council meeting at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Board solicited comments from leaders across the association regarding equity, diversity, and social justice related concerns within their libraries and institutions, as well as suggestions for how ACRL might better support these efforts. The Board has reviewed and digested those suggestions and encourages you to respond to a new poll to provide additional input.

The poll focuses on a variety of programmatic elements that ACRL could pursue as part of the EDI Signature Initiative, and we would appreciate your help in prioritizing where we should begin. Please complete the 5-to-7 minute poll by June 29, 2018, in advance of the Board’s Fall Strategic Planning Meeting. We hope to also convene a virtual membership meeting to review the results early in the fall.

To complete the survey, click here. Thank you very much for your input in helping us move forward on these vital issues.

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(via Bonnie Matheis, Illinois State Library)

Illinois’ bicentennial best-of voters have until 11:59 PM on Friday, June 8, to pick the state’s best books. (Voting is open to all Illinois residents.)

The latest Illinois Top 200 list is focusing on books written by Illinois authors or about Illinois subjects.

“The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair is on the list, as is Mike Royko’s biography of the first Mayor Daley, and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Chris Wills with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says the author, L. Frank Baum, wrote the book in Chicago and took inspiration for the main character Dorothy, from his niece who is buried in Bloomington.

To vote, go here.

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(via Gary Marks, William Paterson University of New Jersey)

The NJLA College & University Section/ACRL-NJ Chapter is supporting the development of a Social Media Directory of Academic Libraries. This initiative is led by NJ Librarians Carina Gonzalez, Gary Marks, Jr., and Hilary Westgate. Check out our Spring Newsletter Article or the directory submission form for more info. The directory will go LIVE during the NJLA Annual Conference on May 31st!
Please share! Add your library to the directory today!
Click on the image or this link for the submission form.

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(via JJ Pionke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Are you a current library employee? Please take this survey! This survey will ask you about disability and accessibility awareness.  Please take the survey regardless of whether or not you work with the public.

To access the survey, go here. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous. If you have any questions, please contact JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian at UIUC, at

Thank you very much for your participation.

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(via Xiaojie Duan, University of Southern Mississippi)

Dear all,

I am sorry for any cross-posting. My name is Xiaojie Duan, a catalog librarian and assistant professor of the Technical Services Department, University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Libraries. I am conducting a research project using online questionnaire to gain a better understanding of how international Chinese students use library virtual reference services (VRS) in the United States academic libraries, and what are librarians’ understanding of VRS as well as their international users.

The online questionnaire is embedded in USM Qualtrics. The questionnaire consists of twenty-seven questions in total, participants only need to complete up to fifteen questions or less to seven questions, depends on the choices of the answers. Participants will take five to ten minutes to answer the entire questionnaire.

The questionnaire is designed to: 1) Let participants to share their experiences of using VRS; 2) Let participants to share their interactions with librarians/students; 3) Let participants to share their points of view related to library website and library online catalog; And 4) Let participants to share their satisfaction and expectations of current and future VRS. The participation is completely voluntary and the answers will be kept anonymous. All data will be used only for research purposes.

All Chinese students who come from mainland China (including those from Hong Kong and Macau) and Taiwan and are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degree in a US university, are qualified to this research project. All librarians, both full-time and part-time, who are currently employed in a US academic library, are qualified to this research project as well.

If you are interested in my research, please click the following link to the questionnaire and additional information, including the research consent form.

Questionnaire of librarians and Chinese students using library virtual services

The research link is valid until Friday, June 8.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the principal investigator at

Thank you very much for your research help.

Best wishes,

Xiaojie Duan

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Call for Participation: Survey on Fake News

(via Mary Taylor, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Dear Library Staff:

We are faculty members in Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The purpose of the linked survey is to determine the response of you, your library, and campus to the topic of fake news.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  The survey answers will be sent to a link at  This data is stored in a password protected electronic format.  The website, Survey Monkey, does not collect any identifying information from respondents such as names or email addresses. The survey’s settings have been changed to not collect any IP addresses.  We will take all reasonable steps to protect your identity.  Also, no item in the survey will require a response.  Respondents will be free to exit the survey at any point.

Completion and return of this survey indicates voluntary consent to participate in this study.

Questions about this study can be directed to Mary Taylor, Library Affairs, SIUC, Carbondale, IL  62901-6632.  Phone (618) 453-5492.

The link to the online survey can be found here.

Thank you for taking the time to assist us in this research.

Mary Taylor
(618) 453-5492

Jennifer Horton
(618) 453-2663

Catherine Wagner
(618) 453-5494

This project has been reviewed and approved by the SIUC Human Subjects Committee.  Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research may be addressed to the Committee Chairperson, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, SIUC, Carbondale, IL 62901-4709.  Phone (618) 453-4533.  E-mail:

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via Candice Benjes-Small, The College of William & Mary)

We are assessing the incidence and prevalence of sexual harassment and related misconduct in academic libraries. This survey examines three levels of sexual harassment in the workplace: gender harassment, unwanted sexual attention, and sexual coercion or assault. Because we are studying the incidence and prevalence of these behaviors, we encourage all academic librarians to complete the survey whether or not they feel they have experienced any of them.

Full Email invitation:

You are invited to participate in a research survey, entitled “Sexual Harassment in Academic Libraries.” The study is being conducted by Joanna Hunter ( ) and Allison Wisecup ( in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Social and Cultural Research at Radford University and Candice Benjes-Small ( in William & Mary Libraries at William & Mary.

The purpose of this study is to examine incidence and prevalence of sexual harassment and related misconduct in academic libraries. Your participation in the survey will contribute to a better understanding of sexual harassment in academic libraries. We estimate that it will take about 20 minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire. You are free to contact the primary investigator at the below address and phone number to discuss the survey.

There is some risk to participation including psychological harm from recalling potential instances of sexual harassment and/or related misconduct. In the event that completion of the survey triggers any negative effects, please consider contacting a counseling service, such as the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline, 1-800-656-4673. There will be no costs for participating, nor will you directly benefit from participating. IP addresses will be recorded but not linked with your responses. A limited number of research team members will have access to the data during data collection. Identifying information will be stripped from the final dataset.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may decline to answer any question and you have the right to withdraw from participation at any time without penalty. If you wish to withdraw from the study or have any questions, contact the investigator listed above.

If you have any questions, please call Joanna Hunter at 1-540-831-5130 or send an email to You may also request a hard copy of the survey from the contact information above.

This study was approved by the Radford University Committee for the Review of Human Subjects Research and by the William & Mary Protection of Human Subjects Committee. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject or have complaints about this study, you should contact Dr. Laura J. Jacobsen, Interim Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research, Radford University,, 1-540-831-5470, or Dr. Jennifer Stevens, Chair of Protection of Human Subjects Committee, William & Mary,, 1-757-221-3862.

This survey is available at until April 27, 2018.

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ACRL Seeking Responses to Its Member Survey (March 13 – April 4)

(via Rachel Minkin, Michigan State University)

If you are currently an ACRL member, please read on. If you are not currently a member, please disregard.

ACRL is conducting their triennial membership survey, opening today, Tuesday, March 13 and closing on Wednesday, April 4. Each ACRL member will receive an individualized link to a survey from ACRL and Avenue M., the company with whom ACRL contracted.

I encourage all of you to participate in this year’s survey.� ACRL is giving away 10 $25 Amazon gift cards as a small incentive; the more survey participants ACRL sees, the better ACRL responds to membership needs.

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(via Rebecca Carlson McCall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill is conducting a research study on the essential services provided by
clinical librarians. This study addresses a gap in the clinical
librarianship literature on the activities and impact of services by
clinical librarians worldwide. Our analysis of current trends in clinical
librarian services will provide an overview of service models and the areas
of focus clinical librarians have in their current positions, which we hope
will benefit clinical librarians in the future.

The results of this study will be used to create a research poster
displayed at the Medical Library Association’s Annual meeting in Atlanta,
GA in May 2018. The poster is entitled: Clinical Librarians and their
Essential Services in Academic and Healthcare Settings: A Comparative Survey

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you
choose to participate in the study, you will be asked questions about your
experience and activities relating to clinical librarianship. You may skip
questions that you do not want to answers or stop the survey at any time.
Please complete this survey about your own experiences as a clinical
librarian. If you have colleagues at your institution who also provide
clinical librarian services, please also forward the link to the survey to

The survey is completely anonymous. Your name or affiliation will not be
associated with your responses. No identifying information will be
collected aside from your country of employment.

If you have any research-related questions or problems, you may contact us
at: Rebecca McCall,, (919) 966-0951, or Sarah Towner Wright,, (919) 966-7332. The IRB at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill has approved this study.

The closing date for this survey is March 23, 2018

To start this survey, please click on this link: https://unc.az1.

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(via Maureen Barry, Wright State University)

We are conducting a study to explore how academic libraries support students’ transition to college. We are especially interested in hearing about academic librarians’ outreach to high schools. We would be grateful if you would take approximately 15 minutes to share your thoughts on this topic.

You can access the survey at

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to a library colleague who may be interested in participating in the study.

We appreciate the work you do in academic libraries and look forward to receiving your valuable input.

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