You are being invited to participate in a research project conducted by
Ruth Kitchin Tillman, Digital Collections Librarian, University of Notre
Dame. This survey gathers basic and broad information about patterns of
faculty self-deposit, or the lack thereof, in institutional repositories at
institutions of higher education in the United States. The survey will be
available through July 8, 2016. This survey is open to anyone at an
institution of higher education in the United States self-identifying as
responsible in some way for bringing content into an institutional
repository or otherwise involved in handling metrics of an institutional
repository. The total number of participants will depend on responses to
This is a virtual, multi-location study. This study will ask respondents
basic information about their institution and repository, information about
self-deposit (including whether it is possible in their repository), and
information about satisfaction with levels of self-deposit in the
repository, whether they have developed alternative ingest methods, and
whether outreach is currently being conducted to faculty members. The
survey should take 5-20 minutes to complete. Respondents are asked to take
the survey only once.
While participating in a study carries the risk of a loss of
confidentiality, the investigator has minimized risk by not collecting IP
or other personally identifiable information. Questions about institutional
affiliation are optional.
While you will not directly benefit from participation, your participation
may help the investigator understand trends in faculty self-deposit in
institutional repositories. As the resulting data will be shared through
publication, your participation may also help the field understand patterns
which will allow for the development of better practices in creating and
promoting institutional repositories.
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. The survey will not be collecting any personally
identifying information, however, the first section contains optional
identifying institutional information. These identifying fields are
entirely optional and will be used for deduplication. Once deduplication
has been performed, the identifying fields will be removed from the
Qualtrics site. They will not be exported, saved, shared with any other
researcher, or published.
If you have any questions, you may contact Ruth Kitchin Tillman at
[log in to unmask] or 574-631-6067. If you have questions about your rights as
a research participant, please contact the University of Notre Dame
Institutional Review Board (IRB), Notre Dame Research Compliance, (
[log in to unmask]), phone (574-631-1461), IRB Number: FWA 00002462.
Your participation is voluntary and you may refuse to participate or
withdraw at any time. You may refuse to answer all but 3-4 core questions
(the number depends in part on your responses) and still complete the
survey. You may refuse to answer the core questions and withdraw from the
survey without penalty.
There are no costs and there is no compensation for participating in this
This survey is intended to be taken by persons 18 years of age or older. By
taking the survey, you agree that you are 18 years of age or older.
Ruth Kitchin Tillman
Digital Collections Librarian
113 Hesburgh Library
e: [log in to unmask]