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request participants for survey on NIH Public Access Policy Thomas, William Joseph 17 Mar 2009 20:14 UTC

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Dear Colleagues,

I write to kindly request your participation in a survey on libraries' responses to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy for 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? The survey will provide information on what methods libraries are using to engage their campuses on a variety of scholarly communications issues, including the NIH Public Access Policy, and how successful they feel these efforts have been. Survey responses will inform a presentation to take place at the Annual Conference of the North American Serials Interest Group in June 2009.

The survey contains 25 questions and should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can exit the survey at any time. Demographic data is requested in order to determine the existence and prevalence of patterns related to scholarly communication outreach and education activities.

Please follow the link to take the survey:


Thank you in advance for your time. The survey will remain open until Friday, May 15, 2009. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joseph Thomas (


Joseph Thomas, Collection Development Librarian

Wm. Joseph Thomas
Head of Collection Development
1207 Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
office: 252-737-2728
fax: 252-328-4834