[Metadatalibrarians] Reminder and thanks: Study on the Organization and Structure of Cataloging Units in Academic Libraries

Liz Woolcott lizwoolcott at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 09:04:09 PDT 2016

****Apologies for Cross-Posting****

*Study on the Organization and Structure of Cataloging Units in Academic

Thank you to everyone that has completed this survey. If you have taken the
survey, please disregard this message.

You are being invited to participate in a research project conducted by
Jeremy Myntti, Interim Head of Digital Library Services, University of Utah
and Liz Woolcott, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Utah State
University.  This survey will analyze the current and changing structures
of Cataloging Departments/Units in academic libraries. The survey will be
available through April 30, 2016. This survey is open to anyone
self-identifying as an employee of an academic library with knowledge of
the structure and organization of the cataloging unit that supports that
library.  The total number of participants in this research project will
depend on the number of people who respond to this survey.

This is a virtual multi-­location study. This survey will ask respondents
about the past, current, and potential future structures of their
Cataloging Departments.  Participants will answer a series of questions
related to the past and current organizational structure of their
cataloging department and future plans for changing the structure. The
survey should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. Respondents
should only take this survey once.


While you will not directly benefit from participation, your participation
may help investigators understand current trends in organizational
structures for cataloging departments. The results of this study may be
published in professional journals. It may also be used for educational
purposes or for professional presentations. However, no individual
respondent will be identified. Your participation in this project is
anonymous. We will not be collecting any personally identifying information.

If you have any questions, you may contact Liz Woolcott (
liz.woolcott at usu.edu or 435-797-9458) or Jeremy Myntti (
jeremy.myntti at utah.edu or 801-585-9537).

Best regards,

Liz Woolcott and Jeremy Myntti

The Institutional Review Board for the protection of human participants at
Utah State University has approved this research study.  If you have any
questions or concerns about your rights or a research-related injury and
would like to contact someone other than the research team, you may contact
the IRB Administrator at (435) 797-0567 or email irb at usu.edu to obtain
information or to offer input.

The University of Utah's Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved this
study. Contact the IRB if you have questions regarding your rights as a
research participant. Also, contact the IRB if you have questions,
complaints or concerns which you do not feel you can discuss with the
investigator. The University of Utah IRB may be reached by phone at (801)
581-3655 or by e-mail at irb at hsc.utah.edu.

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