Survey Introduction and Consent

About this survey: 
This local government survey aims to better understand the factors that affect the success of local governments’ smart city/community development efforts, and how local governments perceive the role that public libraries are playing and/or should play in developing smart cities/communities.

This survey is intended to be completed by the person who is in charge of the smart city/community development in your local government. If your local government does not have a Smart City Director or a similar position, the survey can be completed by the person in charge of Information Technology or a similar position in your local government.

The survey is organized as follows: 1) respondent information, 2) general information of the local government, 3) definition of a smart city/community, 4) smart city/community development, 5) participation in smart city/community initiatives, 6) benefits, 7) costs and challenges, 8) success factors, 9) future development, 10) potential benefits, 11) potential costs and challenges. The survey should not take more than 30 minutes to complete.

This local government survey is part of the Center for Technology in Government (CTG UAlbany) research project “Enabling Smart, Inclusive, and Connected Communities: The Role of Public Libraries”.

Your cooperation in this study is very important, but completely voluntary. You may refuse to answer any questions and may leave the survey at any time. Data collected through this survey will automatically get back to the research team via the SurveyMonkey platform. The information you provide will be used for research purposes only.

To protect your privacy and that of your colleagues, all data collected will be stored, processed and analyzed by the CTG research team members only. To help protect your confidentiality, the survey will not contain information that will personally identify you.

Benefits and Risks: 
This study will benefit public libraries, local governments, and the community in supporting efforts to encourage the involvement of public libraries and the collaboration between local governments and public libraries in smart city and community initiatives. Other organizations and city stakeholders may also find the results useful. Individual benefits will be related to the opportunity to reflect on your work and that of your colleagues. There are no risks to individuals except in terms of confidentiality, which is discussed above.

Note: Throughout the survey, we will use the term “city/community” to make the questions applicable to different sizes of local governments in both urban and rural locations in the United States. 

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• you have read the above information
• you voluntarily agree to participate
• you are at least 18 years of age

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