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UC Berkeley Faculty Library Survey 2018: FAQ


Who can take this survey?

All UC Berkeley faculty are encouraged to take this survey.

When can I take the survey?

The survey is available throughout the month of October.

How do I take the survey?

A unique survey link was sent to you from Jeffrey Mackie-Mason by Ithaka ( on October 1, with the subject "UC Berkeley Library Faculty Survey: Participate to shape future resources and services”. 

Please use this link only for yourself; do not forward it. At most, one person can fill out the survey at this link, after which the link is closed.

What will the survey be used for?

The survey will help the UC Berkeley Library to:

  • Explore how the Library contributes to the scholarship and academic mission of the university across all disciplines.
  • Gather information to better allocate resources and develop programs that serve the faculty’s teaching and research needs.
  • Foster a culture of user-centered assessment in providing Library resources and services.
  • Provide information to help support the Library’s strategic plan.
  • Help identify services that the Library could improve.

How long is the survey?

The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. The length of time to complete the survey will vary depending on how you answer certain questions. For example, participants who indicate that teaching is not among their professional responsibilities will not receive any questions regarding teaching practices.

In other words, there are certain skip patterns built into the survey that will activate depending on individual responses to specific questions. The skip patterns may decrease the time it takes to complete the survey for some respondents.

What does the survey cover?

The survey covers discovery and access; scholarly communication; student research skills; faculty research practices (including data curation); the role of the Library; and instructional practices (including the use of open educational resources, or OERs, and learning analytics).

What are the incentives of taking the survey?

For each response, the Library will donate $2 to the UC Berkeley Food Pantry. And those who complete the survey have a chance to win one of five $100 prepaid Visa cards.

Does the survey follow campus guidelines around privacy?

Yes, the survey follows campus guidelines.

Is the survey confidential?

Yes. Some demographic data such as age, discipline, and rank (campus-supplied data) will be cross-tabulated with results but only in the aggregate. No personally identifiable information will be released.

When will the survey’s results be released?

The results are published here

Is the survey under Institutional Review Board (IRB) review?

No, the survey is not within the scope of IRB review. For further questions, contact the Office for Protection of Human Subjects at or 510-642-7461.

Is the survey compatible with mobile devices?

Yes. The survey platform is able to detect respondents’ devices and automatically adjust the questionnaire into an appropriate format.

Can I stop and later continue the survey from the same point?

Yes, you can. Respondents will be able to save their responses and continue at a later time by clicking on their individualized link, even if they close their browser, use a different browser, or use a different device.

Can I back up and change my responses?

No. Because the survey may branch based on participants’ responses (for example, showing some respondents more questions on teaching or research), allowing respondents to back up and change their responses may cause undesired behavior in the survey software. Thus, there will not be a back button located in the online questionnaire when the survey is live.

 Is the survey accessible to respondents using screen readers (such as JAWS) or other accessibility technology?

Yes. The survey questions have been tested for compliance with the accessibility standards contained in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and are compatible with screen readers and similar software.