Surveying the Surveyors: An Analysis of the Survey Response Rates of Librarians


It is a well-established fact that the most widely employed research method by librarians is surveys. Given this fact, this ongoing study seeks to identify exactly how likely librarians are to respond to surveys and what, if any, circumstances will increase the likelihood they will respond. Using a quantitative content analysis, relevant literature from three separate LIS databases – Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (EBSCOhost), Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCOhost), and Library & Information Science Abstracts (ProQuest) – is currently being gathered and evaluated. Preliminary findings indicate trends regarding LIS research purposes, methodology, and subjects.

Sep 17, 2020 13:30 ET — 14:00 ET
Sam Vander Kooy
Sam Vander Kooy
Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Western University

A Library and Information Science doctoral student, Sam’s dissertation research focuses on how public libraries can improve their communities’ resiliency during natural disasters. Other areas of research interest include: information barriers, accessibility issues, education, social justice, information policy, and human information practices.