At OCLC Research, we constantly want to know: How do researchers find materials in archives and special collections? How do they share information about what they find with others?
During the next month, we will ask researchers directly these important questions and more. Through an online survey, we will ask how researchers discover these types of resources, how they share information on how they are used, and about other aspects of the research cycle.
The survey will be available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W8MKXP9 through May 25, and it includes the chance for those completing it to win an Amazon gift card.
What we learn will help us improve ArchiveGrid by refreshing our understanding about how researchers discover and share information about materials in special collections. Focus groups and user studies carried out by RLG in 2004 helped us build ArchiveGrid, and we are looking for new data to help us improve that system. Our findings and how they relate to ArchiveGrid will also be presented at the RBMS conference in June.
How can you help?
If you are willing to distribute information about the survey on our behalf to your affiliated researchers, you could use the following text in your notice:
OCLC Research wants to know how researchers (you) use special collections. Complete this survey and be entered in a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card!
Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W8MKXP9 to answer some questions about how you find – and find out about – websites and other research resources. The information you provide will help OCLC Research make it easier to discover materials in special collections.