Seeking participants in a study about professionalism and health sciences librarians


My name is Rachel Koenig and I am a health sciences librarian at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Recently, health sciences librarianship has witnessed an increasing variety of educational and experiential requirements to enter the occupation.  The study, which is supported by the MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant, is designed to evaluate the effect of this change on attitudes toward professionalism in health sciences librarians.

You are invited to participate in this study.  Your involvement will contribute to the inclusion of a broad sample of individuals with varying backgrounds from different institutional settings.  Although the online questionnaires only take about fifteen minutes to complete, the information you can contribute is fundamental to the success of this project.

Completion of the questionnaires constitutes your willingness to participate in the study.  The questionnaire responses will remain completely anonymous at all times.  All information gathered from subjects will be reported as group data, further disassociating any individualized characteristics from being identified within the sample.  Neither individuals nor libraries will be identifiable in the final report.  This project, the Attitudinal Attributes of Professionalism in Health Sciences Librarians Study, has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Virginia Commonwealth University – Study HM20013052. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant, please contact the VCU Office of Research Subjects Protection at (804) 828-0868.

As an additional incentive, we are offering (2) $50 Visa gift cards, randomly selected, for those who complete the survey. When you finish the online questionnaires, you may choose to enter your name into the drawing. Winners will be notified individually via email after the survey closes. Email addresses will only be used for the drawing. This data will not be included in any analysis and will be exported to ensure anonymity.

To complete the survey, please visit the following survey link:  The survey will be open until July 15.

Your participation is important to determining a current and accurate picture of attitudes toward professionalism among health sciences librarians. I greatly appreciate your time and effort.

Thank you,

Rachel A. Koenig, MA, MLS

Principal Investigator



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