Dear Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary User:

We have recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the site's features and would like to get your input. This will take less than 10 minutes of your time. Your participation is voluntary. Your answers will be anonymous. Your IP address is not being recorded. There are no known risks to you. There are no required questions.

By answering the survey questions you are agreeing to participate in the study. (Nothing else will be asked of you unless you e-mail back to us.) Your comments on this survey will help us make the eLibrary more useful to you and others like you.

We are trying to develop ways to evaluate how much learners at different levels of expertise might benefit from participation in a learning community related to the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary. These survey questions were suggested by the educational research literature. If you have questions or comments regarding the survey. please contact Dr. Carol Speth at the University of Nebraska Agronomy & Horticulture Department, Phone 402-472-1569, email address:

We invite you to continue returning to the new eLibrary ( to see how it is changing to be more interactive. Nw social media capabilities will be available beginning in early 2011. If you have any questions or comments regarding the eLibrary, or if you wish to be on an email list for announcements regarding new eLibrary features, or if you would like more information on joining an eLibrary learning community, please contact Dr. Deana Namuth-Covert, at

* 1. In what country do you live now?

* 2. Other than formal classes, where do you get most of your science learning?

* 3. How did you come to use the eLibrary?

* 4. What is your favorite way to use content from the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary?

* 5. What would you change about the eLibrary if you could?

* 6. Do you think you would learn more from the eLibrary if you could interact with other users?

* 7. We are developing an interactive feature that would allow learning communities related to the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary. How interested would you be in interacting with an online learning community?

* 8. How would you rate your involvement with social networking systems such as Facebook, Twitter and so on.

* 9. Which best describes you?

* 10. If you are a student, choose the best description of yourself. (f you are not a student, just skip this question.)

* 11. If you are an educator, choose the best description of yourself. (If you are not an educator, just skip this question.)

* 12. If you are teaching science now, at what level?

* 13. If you are not primarily a student or educator, what is your occupation? If you are retired or not working just now, a general description of your field would be very helpful to us.

* 14. How would you describe your stage of career development?

* 15. Finally, when you define the term LEARNING, what does it mean to you? Try to pick your favorite definition or write your own definition in the comment space.