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(via Mallory Jallas, Illinois State University)

​Academic librarians in the United States and Canada that are currently working as library administrators (Deans, directors, middle management, etc.) are invited to participate in an hour-long focus group on student success in academic libraries.  In appreciation for your participation in the focus group you will be provided with a $20 gift card to Amazon.

The research project is an examination and analysis of student success initiatives in academic libraries. The researchers seek to find out how academic libraries support student success, how resources (positions, spaces, and programming) are being allocated to and developed for student success, what university-wide partnerships or collaborations are being created, and how they assess these efforts.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to participate in an approximately hour-long virtual focus group via Zoom. The focus group interview is voluntary and confidential. The questions are of a non-sensitive nature. You may decline to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty or risk.

If you would like to participate in the focus group, please use this link to access available timeslots.

The following investigators are available for questions about this study.

Mallory Jallas, mrjalla@ilstu.edu
Chad Kahl, cmkahl@ilstu.edu
Jennifer Sharkey, jsharke@ilstu.edu
Chris Worland, cjworla@ilstu.edu

Thank you for your consideration.

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(via Dr. Ruth Small, Syracuse University School of Information Studies)

This is a final call for Project ENABLE impact stories, as part of our current IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. The purpose of these stories is to demonstrate how even small changes in the way you do your work, select your resources, redesign your spaces, or deliver your programs that can have an impact on how your patrons with disabilities perceive and use the library. Each story describes something that an individual or team of library staff has done to make their library more welcoming and useful to their patrons, staff, board or visitors with disabilities.

We are anxious to hear from librarians, support staff (including paraprofessionals, aides, interns, etc.) and administrators who are willing to describe a change you or your team have made, within the past five years, to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in your library.

We are offering $100 for each story accepted by our selection panel. If accepted, your impact story will be added to our Project ENABLE database, and we may even feature it in our blog or newsletter, PE News. All accepted stories will be added to the nearly 40 wonderful and inspiring stories, contributed by library staff across the U.S. and around the world, already in the database.

Each impact story should include (1) your name, e-mail address, the name of your library, and the location of your library; (2) what prompted your idea for change; (3) what that change was and its intended goal; (4) barriers (if any) you faced when making that change; (5) supports (e.g., people, funding) you had (if any) that helped enable that change; (5) evidence that you achieved your goal through impact, as revealed in an observation, a conversation, etc. of that change on at least one patron with a disability. Each story should be between 300-400 words in length.

So, take a peek at one or more of the stories already in the collection to get a sense if how they are written. We accept stories from staff all types of libraries, from any department within a library or from any member of the library staff, including aides and interns. And while you’re there, you might also enjoy looking at some of our “challenge videos” or printing out some of our “pathfinders” to distribute to staff or patrons. Or check out our four new workshop packages, containing all of the pieces you need to present a workshop to your staff, for use by libraries that want to offer their own in-house training.

If you have any questions or are ready to submit your story, just e-mail Dr. Ruth Small, Director, Project ENABLE at drruth@syr.edu.

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(via Pam Hackbart-Dean, University of Illinois Chicago)

The University of Illinois Chicago and Southern Illinois University Carbondale are conducting a research survey of archivists, librarians, and museum curators to understand how online exhibits are being used and managed to support institutional and programmatic missions. The aim of this survey is to investigate current policies and practices for evaluating and managing online exhibits, focusing on institutions that have created or are currently creating online exhibits.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. You may skip any questions you prefer not to answer, and you can withdraw from the survey at any time. Please click on the link below to go to the survey. The survey will close Thursday, February 10.

To access the survey, please go here.

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Leanna Barcelona, University of Illinois Chicago, at barceln2@uic.edu; Pam Hackbart-Dean, University of Illinois Chicago, at phdean@uic.edu; or Anne Marie Hamilton-Brehm, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, at Annemarie.hamiltonbrehm@siu.edu.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to reply

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

Staff at The Chronicle of Higher Education are working on an upcoming report looking at the world of academic libraries. As part of that report, we want to showcase the people who work as librarians, in all their variety and diversity.

Please send us an e-mail at librarian_report@chronicle.com, with the subject line “Librarians” and include the following information.

  • your name
  • your institution
  • a brief description of yourself
  • a selfie

​If we select your submission for follow-up, we’ll reach out to you to gather more information and possibly mention you in our report. We’ll also send those selected a free copy of our upcoming report.

If you have any questions, please include them in your e-mail to librarian_report@chronicle.com. Thanks!

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(via Bonnie Thornton, Mississippi State University)

Last call for participating in our survey!

If you are a library employee at an academic institution of higher education in the United States, we invite you to participate in our research on how academic libraries manage their streaming-video collections. The purpose of our study is to explore the different ways that academic libraries provide access to streaming content, including funding, accessibility, and discoverability. This survey seeks to gauge commonalities in workflow processes amongst academic libraries for the acquisition, maintenance, and promotion of streaming-video content, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on streaming-video acquisitions and workflow processes.

Participation takes approximately three minutes to complete. This survey is anonymous, and no one will be able to associate your responses with your identity. Your participation is voluntary, and you may choose to withdraw from the survey at any time. Your completion of the survey constitutes your consent to participate in this study. There are no foreseeable risks associated with participating in this study other than those encountered in everyday life.

This survey has been reviewed and granted exemption by the Institutional Review Board at Mississippi State University, under Protocol ID IRB-21-394. For questions about this study, please contact Cathy Austin, Acquisitions Librarian, caustin@library.msstate.edu, or Bonnie Thornton, Electronic & Continuing Resources Librarian, bthornton@library.msstate.edu.

You may participate in our Streaming Video and Academic Libraries Survey through Sunday, October 31.

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(via Dr. Ruth Small, Syracuse University School of Information Studies)

Project ENABLE is continuing to collect impact stories, as part of our IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. The purpose of these stories is to demonstrate how even small changes can have a big impact on your patrons with disabilities.

We are anxious to hear from librarians, support staff (including paraprofessionals, aides, etc.) and administrators willing to describe a change you have made or helped make, within the past five years, to improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in your library, whether during a lockdown, renovation or fully open.

We have received almost 30 wonderful and inspiring stories of things that library staff have done to make their library more welcoming and useful to their patrons, members of their staff, board members and visitors with disabilities and are hoping to add many more of them. We are offering $100 for your story, if accepted by our Project ENABLE team, and will add it to our Project ENABLE database and may even feature it in our newsletter, PE News.

We accept stories from all types of libraries and from different departments within a library. Libraries worldwide are using them in their training programs to demonstrate how such changes have made a difference to their staff and patrons with disabilities.

To get an idea of what we mean by “impact story,” go here and choose “Resources” from the top menu. Once in our Resources database, choose “impact story” from the pull-down Format menu and click search. There are already several examples in there from all types of libraries across the U.S. and beyond. While you’re there, you might also enjoy looking at some of our “challenge videos” or printing out some of our “pathfinders” to distribute to staff or patrons.

Each impact story should include (1) your name, email address, the name of your library, and the location of your library; (2) what prompted your idea for change; (3) what that change was and its intended goal; (4) any barriers (if any) you faced when making that change; (5) any supports (e.g., people, funding) you had (if any) that helped enable that change; (5) evidence that you achieved your goal through impact, as revealed in an observation, a conversation, etc. of that change on at least one patron with a disability. Each story should be between 300-400 words in length.

If you have any questions or are ready to submit your story, please send to Dr. Ruth Small, Director, Project ENABLE, at drruth@syr.edu.

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(via Stephanie Beene, University of New Mexico)

Please see below for details of a research study that a colleague and I are conducting. This is a follow-up to our article “A call to action for librarians: Countering conspiracy theories in the age of QAnon”, and we hope to hear from you!

You are invited to participate in a research survey about interactions with patrons concerning conspiracy theories and related phenomena. Should you choose to participate, we expect the survey to take 15-20 minutes to complete.

The survey may be accessed here.

Unless you choose to self-identify, your response will be completely anonymous. You may request a summary of the survey results after participating. Your involvement in the survey is voluntary, and you may exit at any time.

The findings from this project will provide information on the needs of librarians and other library staff when interacting with patrons who exhibit conspiracy ideation.

This research has been approved by Oakland University’s Office of IRB (IRB-FY2021-410).

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research, please feel free to contact CoPI’s Katie Greer (greer@oakland.edu) and Stephanie Beene (sbeene@unm.edu).

Thank you in advance, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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(via Jason Coleman, Kansas State University)

You are invited to participate ​in a research survey titled, “The Matter of Collegiality in Librarian Promotion and Tenure”. The goal for this survey is to examine the prevalence, expression, and attitude towards the use of “collegiality” in the academic librarian promotion and tenure process. We are recruiting current tenured/tenure-track librarians for this study. 

You may not experience a direct benefit from participating in this survey, but your participation will hopefully provide a scientifically based set of guidelines for the use of “collegiality” in the promotion and tenure process.

If you choose to participate, it is anticipated that the survey will take approximately 15 minutes. This survey is anonymous, as you will not be required to provide your name or other identifiable information. However, if you are open to participating in follow up studies, there is an option for you to provide your e-mail address. Your e-mail, if provided, will not be linked to your survey responses.

This study has been approved by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville IRB Board.

To access the survey, please go here. The deadline to participate is Thursday, September 30, at 10:59 PM CDT.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the researchers.

  • Dr. Lis Pankl, Dean of Library and Information Services, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – epankl@siue.edu
  • Dr. Leo S. Lo, Dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, the University of New Mexico – leolo@unm.edu
  • Jason Coleman, Head of Library User Services, Kansas State University – coleman@ksu.edu
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Call for Participants: Advisory Panel on Shared Print Copies

(via Helen Levenson, Oakland University)

The Risk Research Working Group of the Partnership for Shared Book Collections invites your participation on an advisory panel looking at a tool for determining the number of copies of a title that a shared print consortium must commit to keeping in order to ensure the survival of at least one usable copy.

Your volunteer participation involves a one-hour small-group videoconference meeting to discuss the model plus one to two hours in advance to review written materials. Primarily, we are looking for your expertise and experience working with library collections as a reality check on the assumptions and parameters used for this tool.

Shared print programs have long struggled to determine just how many copies of each title must be preserved. The Risk Research Working Group has been reviewing this problem and working with Dr. Candice Yano of U.C. Berkeley to develop a tool to project the number of copies of monograph titles needed to hit a target probability that at least one usable copy will survive after a given time horizon. Modeling the projected survival of books is complicated because of the quantity of risk factors, the ways these risks interplay, and insufficient hard data to describe the loss and deterioration of books in libraries. Dr. Yano has helped us create a flexible tool with options to input different rates for the loss or deterioration of books from different causes. Our research has identified tentative numbers to use for those rates. We are looking to you to help us check, is our reasoning accurate? Are the compromises we inevitably had to make reasonable?

If you can help us out, please respond on this Google form to confirm your interest and select dates of availability. Each panel session is limited to 7 to 10 participants. We will try to accommodate everyone who volunteers, but we may not have space to include everyone who responds. We will follow up to confirm whether or not you are on a panel and the date and will send you links to a small packet of information in advance.

If you have questions, please contact the group at SharedPrintRisk@umich.edu. We appreciate your expertise and advice!

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(via Mallory Jallas, Illinois State University)

We have a few spaces left for the last of our focus group sessions, on Tuesday, July 27; Wednesday, July 28; and Friday, July 30. Please consider participating.

Academic librarians in the United States and Canada who are currently working as a Student Success Librarian are invited to participate in an hour-long focus group on student success in academic libraries. In appreciation for your participation in the focus group you will be provided with a $20 gift card to Amazon.

The research project is an examination and analysis of student success initiatives in academic libraries. The researchers seek to find out how academic libraries support student success, how resources (positions, spaces, and programming) are being allocated to and developed for student success, what university-wide partnerships or collaborations are being created, and how they assess these efforts.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to participate in an approximately hour-long virtual focus group via Zoom. The focus group interview is voluntary and confidential. The questions are of a non-sensitive nature. You may decline to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty or risk.

If you would like to participate in the focus group, please use this link to access available timeslots.

The following investigators are available for questions about this study:

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