Confidential Library Workplace Experience Survey (6-8-20)

Researchers at Virginia Tech are conducting a confidential study (IRB #20-027) of workplace experience in US university libraries. To this end, they invite all full-time faculty and staff of the libraries at any US university to fill out this survey. Participation is completely voluntary and you may withdraw your consent by stopping at any time. No directly identifying personal information will be shared with employers or the public. 

This survey replicates an earlier study of library employees at one university and is part of a larger study funded by the US Department of Defense and administered by the Center for Open Science to improve replicability of social science research. 

The survey will ask about multiple topics, including your health, workplace conditions, and experience of workplace harassment. If enough employees from your university participate, anonymized results will be provided to your library’s leadership to help improve the experience of you and your colleagues. Combined with results from other universities, it will be used to identify growth opportunities to help library workers feel safe and included. (To protect the identities of participants, we will not provide results to universities affiliated with fewer than 20 respondents and will not release data identifying groups smaller than 10 respondents.)

Your decision to participate or not will not be shared with your employers or the public. If you choose to participate, no personally identifying information will be shared with employers or the public. 

Please find the survey at

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Principal Investigators, Dr. Nathaniel D. Porter (, C. Cozette Comer ( or Virginia Tech’s Institutional Review Board (


Dr. Nathaniel D. Porter & C. Cozette Comer


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