FAQ McMaster University Library Faculty Survey

What is the McMaster University Library Faculty Survey?

The McMaster University Library Faculty Survey studies the impact of digital technologies on research, teaching and publishing.  The survey was developed by Ithaka S+R, a non-profit organization that helps the academic community to use digital technologies, preserve the scholarly record and advance research and teaching in a sustainable way.  Ithaka S+R has conducted the survey in the United States, the United Kingdom and in Australia.  The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is working with Ithaka S+R to provide the survey to its members.  McMaster is one of 12 Canadian universities participating in 2014/15.

How long will the survey run?

The survey will run from January 19 to February 13, 2015.

How long does the survey take to complete?

It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you close your web browser before completing the survey, your progress may be saved provided you resume the survey using the same computer. However this function will not work on public work stations and web browsers that do not cache web browsing history and cookies.

How will the survey data be used?

Your anonymous responses will become part of a national data set assembled by Ithaka S+R and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. At McMaster University, the data will help the Library make evidence-based decisions about the collections, programs and services we provide to faculty.

Why is the Library surveying faculty?

As the McMaster University Library heads into a year of strategic planning, the survey results will inform our strategies for supporting the teaching and research needs of faculty. The data will also benchmark McMaster University's faculty’s perceptions and habits with national data.

Whom may I contact with additional questions?

If you have any questions or comments about the survey, please contact Kathy Ball, Director, Assessment & Accountability at cr_libsv@mcmaster.ca.