Research study exploring whether or not university-based librarians’ use the CARL competencies: request for participants

Dear LIS colleagues,

This notice is to invite you to participate in a research study exploring whether university-based librarians' use the CARL competencies. The title of the study is CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries) Core Competencies and academic librarians. It is equally important that you respond whether you are a user or non-user of the CARL Competencies statement.

The findings will contribute to the LIS literature on librarian competencies.

Eligible participants include:

·        Librarians working as library professionals in university-based libraries.

·        Academic librarians working in Canada.

Participation: If you wish to participate in this study, please complete the survey by clicking on the link provided. Your decision to respond to this survey will be interpreted as an indication of your consent to participate. The survey should take you approximately 15 [fifteen] minutes to complete. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer. You may exit the survey at any time using the Discard button which will remove your data. Once you submit any survey responses though, you will not be able to withdraw from the study given the anonymous nature of your responses. The survey will close December 31st, 2014.

If your institution requires REB clearance in order for you to be able to participate, please contact the research, Jennifer Soutter at  

Confidentiality: These data may be used in subsequent studies, in publications and in presentations. The information that you will share will remain strictly confidential and will be used for the purposes of this research, or, under the following confidentiality and anonymization conditions, for potential data re-use. Strict confidentiality will be protected by ensuring that no specific positions or IP addresses, or any other potentially identifying information will be associated with the information provided, and by ensuring physical and online barriers to the information. Anonymity will be protected by ensuring that no identifying information will be expressly collected, or if identifying information is collected through the wording of comments, that these comments will be de-identified by the researcher. Identity of research participants will not occur in publication or other data uses. I understand that the researcher may share anonymized research data with other researchers only if they expressly agree to preserve the confidentiality of the information as requested in this consent form.
This research (REB #14-204) has been cleared by the University of Windsor Research Ethics Board, 401 Sunset Ave., Lambton Tower Room 1102A,  Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4, Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3948; Email:

For the complete Letter of Information please follow this link to the Letter of Information.
For the Letter of Consent please follow this link to the Letter of Consent.
For a complete list of survey questions independent of the survey software, please follow this link to the survey questions.

Please note this study is being conducted in English. The survey will remain open until December 31st, 2014. Please feel free to distribute this email widely.

To participate in the study, please follow this link to agree to the letter of consent and respond to the survey.

A copy of the article, in a form acceptable to the eventual publisher of the article, will be posted to the University of Windsor Institutional Repository (IR), Scholarship@UWindsor, .
If you have any questions, please, contact Jennifer Soutter by phone at (519) 977-8452 or by email at

Survey data is being collected via Fluid Surveys, a survey tool provided by the University of Windsor IT Services.

When completed, the researcher will seek to publish the results of the study. If you would like a copy of the research findings sent to you, please send a request to Jennifer Soutter at
Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Jennifer Soutter

Jennifer Soutter
Digital Services Librarian
& Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology Liaison
Leddy Library
University  of Windsor

t: 519/253-3000 x3186