Request to Participate in Thesis Research: Decolonizing Strategies

Hello all,

I am currently enrolled at Queens College at the City University of New York where I am finishing my MLS. For my thesis, I am conducting survey research about the range of decolonizing strategies that non-tribal archival institutions adopt across the United States and their respective successes and limitations. I would like to contact as many archivists as possible to participate in the survey.

I am attaching a link to the survey here for anyone that would care to participate! Also if you know of any colleagues that this survey applies to and might want to participate, please feel free to share it. It should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and all information will be completely anonymous. Your participation will be greatly appreciated! Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

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Best,
Kuba Pieczarski
Brooklyn NY

Research Survey: Workload in Special Collections public services librarianship: challenges, feelings, and impact

Good afternoon,

We hope that everyone is safe and well. We would like to invite you to participate in our research study titled, “Workload in Special Collections public services librarianship: challenges, feelings, and impact.” This study defines public services as reference, instruction, and outreach.

In 2019, the PI and Co-PI conducted a research project entitled on “A content and comparative analysis of job advertisements for Special Collections professionals using ACRL RBMS Guidelines” in order to 1) analyze and compare skilled level public services special collections job advertisements and 2) identify responsibilities that exceeded public services to further the discussion on burnout. The key findings revealed that there was a significant amount of additional work, and the work-work conflict framework is a lens through which we should view this problem (Warren & Scoulas, in press). From the results of the study conducted by Warren and Scoulas, we can conclude that overworked professionals will eventually experience burnout. The current study is designed to follow up on the previous study by conducting a survey of Special Collections librarians who work in academic libraries in the United States.

The goal of this study is 1) to identify duties that exceed position descriptions, 2) to explore how Special Collection librarians, feel about and manage their additional duties and 3) to examine the impact of the additional duties on work/life balance and productivity.

If you are 1) a special collections librarian (rare book librarian, outreach archivist, etc.) in public services in a U.S. academic institution, and 2) a special collections librarian who has had to manage duties outside of your official job description for 3 or more years, you are eligible to participate in this study.

This survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete. You will be asked questions about your academic background, responsibilities, challenges, and support you receive in performing your daily tasks. Your decision to participate in this study is voluntary and you have the right to terminate your participation at any time. You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer. If you have questions about this project, you may contact the Principal Investigator, Kellee E. Warren, Special Collections Librarian, UIC at kwarre4@uic.edu.

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board, which is a committee that works to protect your rights and welfare.  If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject you may contact (anonymously if you wish) the Institutional Review Board at 1-866-789-6215 or uicirb@uic.edu.

Click here to access the survey:

Thank you for participating in our survey. If you would like to enter our lottery for a $25 gift card, please include your contact information at the conclusion of the survey.

Principal Investigator:

Kellee Warren, MLIS

Assistant Professor and Special Collections Librarian

University of Illinois at Chicago, University Library

kwarre4@uic.edu

 

Co-Investigator:Jung Mi Scoulas, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator

University of Illinois at Chicago, University Library

 

Research Protocol: # 2020-0365

Call for Participation: Graduate Student Research Survey

Dear All,
As part of a research project for the Management of Archives and Special Collections course at Pratt Institute School of Information, I am conducting a survey on web and PDF accessibility considerations in Archives and Special Collections.

Web Accessibility Survey 
Submissions will be anonymous. The survey is 9 questions and will take about 10 minutes.

If you are able and willing, please complete the survey by Monday, April 27th.
Thanks in advance for your participation, please reach out if you have any questions (hwang63@pratt.edu)

Be well,
Hilary
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Hilary Wang |
MSLIS Graduate Student
(She/her/hers)
PRATT INSTITUTE
hwang63@pratt.edu

Call for Research Survey Participation: Uses of Web Archives in Scholarly Research

Hello all,

You are invited to take a brief survey as part of my research study designed to learn more about the uses of web archives in scholarly research:

https://forms.gle/r4PRi5eCXxGTKyDo7

Participation in this study is voluntary, and will involve 10-15 minutes to complete the survey with questions about your familiarity with, current/potential uses of, and obstacles to using web archives in research. Whether or not you’ve ever used a web archive, your participation is welcome.

There are no known risks associated with your participation in this research beyond those of everyday life. Although you will receive no direct benefits, this research may help the investigator (Mary Bakija, Pratt Institute School of Information/New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) Web Archiving Fellow) understand the current and/or potential uses of web archives in research.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Mary

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Mary Bakija
MSLIS Candidate, Pratt Institute School of Information
NYARC Web Archiving Fellow
mbakija@pratt.edu
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Call for Survey Participation, Academic Libraries

Hello,

My name is Amanda Y. Makula. I am a faculty member at Copley Library at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.  My co-investigator Laura S. Turner and I are conducting a research study funded by an ACRL Scholarly Communications Research Grant (http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/researchawards/scholcommgrants) and we would like to invite you to participate if you work in an academic library. We plan to publish the results of this research and share the results at a professional library conference.

The purpose of this study is to learn if and why academic libraries and their archives are intentionally collecting, curating, and/or preserving materials — of any type — created or owned by their local public community.

There is no compensation for taking part in this survey, but you will have the opportunity at the end of the survey to provide your e-mail address to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.

For full information and to begin the survey, please click: http://usd.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mD66ktTsXNalM1.

The survey will close at midnight on Friday, Jan. 31.

Thank you for your time.

Amanda Y. Makula

Call for Participation: Research Survey About Reference Staffing and Scheduling Practices

Good morning, and apologies for any cross-posting –

You are invited to participate in a research survey about reference staffing and scheduling practices in the archives and special collections field (IRB exempt). Survey participants from all types of archives and special collections institutions are encouraged to participate. However, please try to coordinate with your colleagues to ensure only one survey is submitted per institution or library.

lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2a8cIMDhPAzQEMR

The survey will close on January 31, 2020.  Please contact me with any questions about the survey or methodology (ahawk1@lsu.edu). Thanks for your time and consideration –

Amanda

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Amanda Hawk
Head of Public and Research Services
LSU Special Collections
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
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Call for Participation: Research Project/Survey on Accessioning

Hello!

My name is Meaghan O’Riordan and I’m the Accessioning Archivist at Emory’s Rose Library. I’m collaborating with Rosemary K. J. Davis, Accessioning Archivist at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, on a long-term research project focused on archival accessioning. We’re interested in making accessioning work more visible in every way, primarily by illuminating the sorts of labor and relationships required in order to steward archival collections during the initial phases of acquisition and accessioning. We want to ground our research in the firsthand experiences of people directly involved in this work.

To that end, we have crafted a survey that collects information and experiences related to the intellectual, emotional, and physical labors involved in archival accessioning.

https://yalesurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Vza9JzfyNvQSZ7

Developing a better understanding of how repositories define and navigate accessioning is crucial to performing special collections stewardship that is rooted in transparency and mutual trust between all parties, and ultimately results in richer archival description, faster processing of materials, and greater access for researchers. What’s more, raising the visibility of individuals performing accessioning work will hopefully contribute to the creation of an empathetic and engaged community of practice, while also making this work’s value more readily apparent throughout archival profession.

This survey will be open through December 20, 2019.

We encourage you to give yourself plenty of time to give specific and thoughtful answers. We’re interested in collecting information about the nuts and bolts of accessioning work, but we also want to hear about how this work is valued, how individuals navigate the complexities involved in their work, and how a more supportive community of practice might emerge.

Thank you all for your time and feel free to reach out to us with questions: accessioningresearch@gmail.com.

Meaghan O’Riordan
Accessioning Archivist
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Rosemary K. J. Davis
Accessioning Archivist
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University