I am teaching an online course on Library Surveys for Success soon. Here are some questions to be considered when writing survey questions (echo alert).
After designing your survey take a second look and think about the following:
- Did you give clear instructions?
- Are demographic questions asked that are useful to your project?
- Is the survey brief? (Less than 10-15 minutes to complete)
- Does the survey look professional and esthetically pleasing?
- Does the survey describe how the results will directly affect them? (EX: Improving services)
- Are the questions consistent with your survey goals?
- Do the questions use simple and clear wording?
- Are positive adjectives or phrases used?
- Do the questions ask for only “need to know” and not “nice to know” information?
- Does the question lead to a particular response? (Is it a leading question?)
- Is potentially offensive language used? (For example, sexist or racist wording)
- Do any questions contain technical terms or jargon?
- Have you used double negatives?
- What will be the value of a response? If 95% say, “Yes,” would this affect decision-making?
- Might the question prompt a vague answer? Make sure you ask directly for the information.
- Will respondents have the information they need to answer the question?
- If a scale is used for responses, is it balanced (for example, 1 to 5, with 3 being neutral)?
- If responses are provided, are they mutually exclusive?
Running your survey
- Did you do a pre-test before sending the survey out?
- Are you sure you’re reaching your target audience?
- Did you provide an end date?
- Do you plan to keep the survey live for a couple of days after the end date?
Here is an update on training through the Utah State Library recently.
First of all, the Utah State Library’s Needs assessment for 2014-16 is underway. Be sure to be a part of this and tell us what you’d like to learn, or what you can contribute.
Our recent training topics:
- Strategic planning
- Turning the Page 2.0 advocacy
- Cataloging and Tech Services
- Hottest social software
- RDA Cataloging
- Library Policy
ProQuest has a new online version of Refworks known as Refworks Flow or simply as Flow™. While Refworks itself (like EndNote, Papers, and Zotero) supports citations and referencing, Flow (like Papers 3, Mendeley, EndNote Web, ResearchGate, and Zotero Groups) supports reading, annotating, and collaborating. As with some of these other services, Flow users can save web content; save and edit metadata; create collections to organize documents and citations; upload documents to the cloud; automatically connect to Dropbox; automatically detect and add citation metadata; and read, highlight, and annotate PDFs.
I just started a conversation with David Lankes and the rest of the nationwide iLead USA team, on the “New Librarianship.” What? Couldn’t we have said that 2,000 years ago or at least last century, when we started talking about 21st Century Librarianship, now over 13 years old?? Of course we could have. But did we?
What is New Librarianship? David may say, read the book. But I would say, it is about figuring out what it is that makes us a librarian and using that in meaningful ways to connect with communities, to connect with conversations, to connect the dots and help make knowledge accessible to all. The whole point is to raise consciousness, human awareness, that there is something else out there that’s bigger than oneself. There are ideas, there are concepts, there are ideologies that unless explored remain in a box.
When: April 22, 2013, 11 a.m. MDT
Public Discussions of the Influential Books of our Time
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
Sand County Almanac Book Talk
[44:48 audio recording of this program with host Ray Matthews]
Some (somewhat random) Earth Day reflections
[listener video by Colleen Eggett]
“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”
So begins A Sand County Almanac from the writer that many describe as the father of the modern environmental movement. Aldo Leopold’s land ethic was simply, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”