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(via Tim Hickey, State University of New York at Purchase)

I am conducting research regarding assistive learning technologies, accessibility, and ILL services. As ILL practitioners, I would love to hear about your experience in this area. If you have a couple spare minutes I ask that you take this very short survey. Here is the link.

This is my second attempt to gather respondents. Please fill out the survey only once. Thank you and I hope to share the results with everyone soon.

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(via Alexandra Gallin-Parisi, Trinity University)

Please consider completing this anonymous 10-minute survey about instruction and reference librarians working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Even if you don’t usually work with students with ASD, we need your responses!


Please pass this along to your colleagues. We want to establish a baseline for what academic librarians DO and DON’T know about working with undergraduates on the spectrum…. so your responses really do count!

*Don’t know if your library is an “Oberlin Group” library? S’ok! Check out the list here: We are mostly small-ish liberal arts colleges.

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Call for Responses: Global Resource-Sharing Survey

(via Mary Konkel, College of DuPage)

The OCLC Global Council is comprised of delegates from around the world who work on behalf of OCLC members to reflect the needs of member institutions. Each year delegates gather feedback from members around a central theme. This year, I and my fellow delegates have been discussing resource sharing. As part of this effort I would like to learn more about the resource sharing issues, challenges, and successes that you see in your library, consortium, and region.

I invite you to take a short (5 to 10 minute) survey to share your feedback. Your unique perspectives will help to inform the Global Council as well as OCLC Management and product specialists.

You can take the survey by following this link:

Thank you in advance for your participation.

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Seeking Library Instruction Feedback from Medical Students

(via Jill Deaver, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Fellow librarians who work with medical schools & students,

I have several questions about common, or uncommon, practices related to gathering feedback about library lectures. I’m struggling with the balance between asking for student feedback related to the lecture itself (as a way to improve my talk), and inconveniencing students by asking them to fill out surveys.

Most of my lectures are held in the medical school, in large lecture halls, in front of anywhere from 65-200 students.  I’m given anywhere between 10-30 minutes to speak.  If this is similar to what you do…

*   How do you gather feedback from your students after library lectures/tutorials?
*   Do any of you survey your students at the end of the year in addition to after lectures?
*   Do any of you survey the faculty who invited you to speak?
*   What survey questions offer the most truthful responses about the lasting impact of these lectures?
*   Does your library/department collect stats that measure the impact of the liaison teaching program?
*   Does your library/department evaluate library lectures in other ways?  Peer evaluation by librarians? Peer evaluation by medical faculty?

I would appreciate any surveys, questions, actions, practices, or advice that anyone would like to share.

These questions are just a few that have been on my mind lately.  I’d also be interested in setting up a virtual meeting to discuss further.  Contact me off line if you are interested in having a virtual face-to-face discussion about the various ways that you teach medical students through lectures and other means, please e-mail me, at

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CARLI Seeking Feedback on Draft of Its 2020 Strategic Plan

(via Margaret Chambers, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois)

At the CARLI Annual Meeting on Friday, November 17, attendees participated in the final feedback stage of the CARLI 2020 strategic planning process. The draft of the CARLI 2020 strategic plan outlines CARLI’s aspirations, and focuses the activities of the consortium, and will serve as our guide for 2018-2020. We are grateful to all who have contributed to the development of this draft, including the staff at CARLI member libraries.

If you were unable to attend the 2017 CARLI Annual Meeting, or if you did attend but wish to provide additional feedback, please complete the survey. The full draft of the CARLI 2020 Strategic Plan is available here on the CARLI website. The CARLI staff and Board of Directors will use this feedback as we finalize the CARLI 2020 Strategic Plan. Please email the CARLI Office at if you have any questions.

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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), in partner with the Illinois State Library Unserved Working Group, are gathering information about what services Illinois Community College Libraries offer for district residents (those who live within your community college’s taxing district who are not students or college staff). We would appreciate libraries’ help in completing the survey so we may begin to put together a statewide picture of resource sharing opportunities and compile information that can be shared with your public library colleagues.

It only takes a few minutes, and we thank you in advance for your time. The survey can be accessed here. Please respond by 4:00 PM on Monday, November 20. If you have any questions, please contact Veronda Pitchford, RAILS, Director, Membership Development and Resource Sharing, at, or Ellen Popit, IHLS, Membership and Grants Director, at

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(via Tina Neville, University of South Florida)

In the last few decades there has been continuing interest regarding publication expectations of academic librarians. There is a need for more information on motivations and characteristics that might be common to successful academic library researchers as well as analyses of barriers to research. A related area of research looks at how library scholars approach journal selection. Academic librarians are known for their promotion of the open access movement and may provide guidance on negotiating for better access in copyright agreements. But do they practice what they preach?

This study, titled “Academic Librarians: Article Publishing Practices, Support, and Motivations”, will address the following research questions.

  • What characteristics, motivations, institutional supports, and educational opportunities help experienced authors produce ongoing scholarship?
  • In what research skills are academic library authors (both novice and experienced) more or less confident?
  • What do academic library practitioners consider when selecting specific avenues for publication?

To access the survey, go here. Responses to the survey are anonymous. You have the right to withdraw at any time and may skip any question you don’t wish to answer. The estimated time to complete the survey is 20-30 minutes.

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Principal Investigator, Tina Neville, at or 727-873-4081.

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UIUC’s iSchool Seeking Input for Curriculum Planning

 (via Dr. Nicole Cooke and Dr. Linda Smith, iSchool at UIUC)

Input sought for curriculum planning

The iSchool at Illinois is conducting a brief survey intended to identify core skills and knowledge areas for the MS in library and information science program. We are interested in which skills and knowledge areas you perceive to be most needed in the field now, and in the near future. Your responses will help us as we review and continue to revise and improve our curriculum to ensure our graduates are well prepared for the job market. Your responses are important. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Please access the survey and respond by Friday, November 17.

*This survey is being shared broadly by email. Please respond only once and indicate that you are responding at the invitation of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information, contact Nicole A. Cooke, MS/LIS Program Director, or Linda C. Smith, Executive Associate Dean.

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(via Jessica Koos, State University of New York at Stony Brook)

Are you currently employed as a health sciences or medical librarian in the United States or Canada? If so, please consider participating in the “Background of Health Sciences Librarians” survey. The purpose of this study is to explore the various professional and educational factors leading to a career in health sciences librarianship.  The knowledge gained from this survey may be used to continue to successfully recruit skilled individuals into the profession. It may also be used to inform educational

This survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. It will remain open until 7:00 PM CST on Wednesday, October 25. To take the survey, please follow this link. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please contact Jessica Koos at Stony Brook University, using this email address:

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ILA Diversity Survey Responses Sought (Deadline Sept.20)

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The ILA Diversity Task Force wants to hear about the experiences of Illinois library workers from traditionally underrepresented groups in the field. Survey responses will be collected and examined to provide recommendations to ILA for the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Illinois library community. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

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