Full Survey Title: The NIH Mandate One Year On: How Are Libraries Responding?

About one year ago, the landmark National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy began requiring authors who receive NIH funding to deposit final versions of their accepted manuscripts to NIH’s PubMed Central database. These papers would then become freely available to the public no later than 12 months after publication. How are academic libraries responding? Survey questions will attempt to generate insights into who’s doing what, and how successful these libraries feel they have been. This survey is conducted only online and can be answered anonymously; aggregated research results will inform a presentation to the Annual Conference of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) in June 2009.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. There are no direct risks, benefits, or compensation to you for participating in the study. You may choose not to answer specific questions and may discontinue participation at any time without penalty. Although the request to participate in this web-based survey has been extended to individuals via e-mail, individual respondents can choose to answer anonymously.

Your input is very much appreciated. The survey has a maximum of 25 questions and should take about 20 minutes to complete.

Questions about the research or the survey may be directed to Joseph Thomas, Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. E-mail: thomasw@ecu.edu or phone: (252) 737-2728. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, you may call the Chair of the University and Medical Center Institutional Review Board at phone number 252-744-2914 (days). If you would like to report objections to this research study, you may call the ECU Director of Research Compliance at phone number 252-328-9473 (for research studies conducted through ECU).

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