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Take the LibQual+ survey and be entered to win one of four prizes!

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Please read consent form before completing the survey

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Study Title: LibQual: Charting Library Service Quality | Principal Researcher: Barbara J. Stites, Ph.D.

You are being invited to participate in a research study conducted through Florida Gulf Coast University.  In order for you to participate in this study, the University requires that I obtain your signed consent. You must be at least 18 years old to take this survey.

Your participation in the study is completely voluntary.  If you decide to participate now you may change your mind and stop at any time, for any reason, without penalty or loss of any future services you may be eligible to receive from the University. You can choose to not answer an individual question or you may skip any section of the survey by leaving it blank.

The purpose of the study is to find out your perceptions of the gaps in and the quality of library service, space, and resources.

I am asking you to take part in the study because you are uniquely qualified to help the FGCU library plan improvements.  The study will provide you with an opportunity to tell the library where services, space, and collections need improvement so we can better respond to your needs.

If you agree to be part of the research study, you will be asked to complete an online survey about library service, space, and resources.  We expect the survey will take about 5minutes to complete.  The survey cannot be completed in more than one session.

Your participation will be kept anonymous. However, working with email or the internet has the risk of compromising privacy, confidentiality, and/or anonymity. Despite this possibility, the risks to your physical, emotional, social, professional, or financial well-being are considered to be 'less than minimal’ by completing the survey.

Although your participation in this research may not benefit you personally, it will help us understand how to improve library services, space, and resources.

If you join the study, we will make every effort keep your information confidential and secure by taking the following steps.  Survey responses are stored on a secure server designated by the Association of Research Libraries. Answers are separated from email addresses before they are stored.  Quantitative survey results are reported back to FGCU Library in the aggregate and stored on an FGCU server only accessible to library personnel.  Comments from individuals are reported to FGCU as anonymous, are not identifiable, and are stored on an FGCU server only accessible to library personnel. However, despite these safeguards, there is the possibility of hacking or other security breaches that could compromise the confidentiality of the information you provide. Thus, it is important to remember that you are free to decline to answer any question that makes you uncomfortable for any reason.

We will not release information about you unless you authorize us to do so or unless we are required to do so by law.  If results of this study are published or presented at a professional meeting, no information will be included that would make it possible to identify you as a study participant.

You will receive an opportunity to be part of a drawing for one of four thank you gifts. At the end of the survey you may elect to include your email address, which will enter you in a drawing for Dr. Dre urBeats in-ear headphone set, George Forman grill, a $25 Target, or a $15 Starbucks gift card.  Your email address is not linked to any survey results.  The drawing for the four gifts will be held on Monday, April 2nd at 9 a.m.  You do not need to be present to be eligible.

If you have any questions about this study, you may contact Barbara J. Stites, Principal Investigator, at 239-590-7602.

If you have any questions about your rights as a subject/participant in this research, or if you feel you have been placed at risk, you can contact the Chair of the Human Subjects' Institutional Review Board through Sandra Terranova, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, at 239-590-7522.

Statement: I have read or had read to me the preceding information describing this study. All of my questions have been answered to my satisfaction. I am 18 years of age or older and freely consent to participate in the study. My decision to participate or to decline participating in this study is completely voluntary.  I understand that I am free to withdraw from the study at any time. I am aware of my option to not answer to any questions I choose. 

I understand that it is not possible to identify all potential risks I believe that reasonable steps have been taken to minimize both the known and potential but unknown risks.  The submission of the completed survey is my informed consent to participate in the study.
If you would like a copy of the consent form, print a copy before continuing.

I agree to participate in this survey: START SURVEY

I do not wish to participate in this survey: Take me back to the Library

Thank you for your time.

Barbara J. Stites, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Library Services