Invitation! A brief 10 minute electronic survey! Academic Health Sciences Librarians Competencies Survey

Greetings Librarians!  (Apologies for any cross-postings!)

You are being invited to participate in a research study titled “Academic Health Sciences Librarianship: Competencies Librarians Need to Lead Their Libraries for the Digital Era.” The questionnaire is being conducted for research purposes and is affiliated with Oklahoma State University in that it is intended for partial completion of a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Higher Education.  This research has been determined exempt from institutional review board (IRB) review by the Oklahoma State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application #: ED-19-80.

You are eligible to participate in this survey if you are working in the United States or Canada and:

  • you are a health sciences librarian who works in a medical library working closely with faculty, students, staff, and institutional stakeholders in the academic community or
  • you work in a general academic library that serves health care providers, faculty members, students, and researchers.

The purpose of this research is to identify existing levels of competence in the self-reporting achievement of MLA’s Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success (2017) by academic health sciences librarians, examine various methods by which participants say they are learned or enhanced, and document essential competencies for academic health sciences librarians practicing in the digital era.

This survey will ask about your academic and professional background and your opinions on what skills and competencies are most important for academic health sciences librarians practicing in the digital era.  The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. You are free to skip any question that you choose.

The results of the study may produce new knowledge and a better understanding of changing professional competencies that have impacted health sciences librarianship in the digital era. The information gathered may inform professional and continuing education.  This study’s findings may also be used to inform the Task Force to Review MLA’s Competencies.

Your responses will be combined with others and will remain anonymous. If you have questions about this project or if you have a research-related problem, you may contact Linda London at If you have questions about your rights as a research volunteer, please contact the OSU IRB at (405)744-3377 or  By clicking the link to the survey below you are indicating that you are at least eighteen years old, have read and understood this consent form, and agree to participate in this research study.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation.  Enjoy a great day!


Link to survey:

Linda London, M.A.L.S.

Librarian IV

Outreach, Research, Special Events

Medical Library

1111 W. 17th Street

Tulsa, OK  74107

Office: 918.561.8466 l Fax: 918.561.8412


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