Archive for July, 2012

Call for Participants in VR Research via Phone Interview

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The following call for participants was posted to the Question Point listserv.

Dear QP librarians:

Here’s your chance to participate in the latest virtual reference research! ┬áPlease see this message from Lynn Connaway and Marie Radford
(of Seeking Synchronicity fame):

Dear Virtual Reference Librarian:

Greetings! We are looking for people interested in taking part in an important study of virtual reference services (VRS). We are willing to
pay you for your time.

We hope you will be interested in sharing your opinions and insights about live chat VR in our grant-funded research project titled, “Cyber
Synergy: Seeking Sustainability through Collaboration between Virtual Reference and Social Q&A Sites.” We need librarians willing to participate in a phone interview. Please reply to this email by August 1, 2012 and access the following link to take the survey:

http://bit.ly/cybersynergy

The phone interview will take approximately 45 minutes and participants will receive $30 in compensation. All responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Prior to the interview, we will need a signed consent form. When you respond to this email by responding to the above URL and stating that you are willing to participate, we will send you a one page consent form for you to download, sign, and fax back to us. More instructions about this will follow to confirm your participation.

Cyber Synergy will evaluate sustainability of VRS and explore collaborative models for subject expertise among librarians and other experts systems, such as Social Q&A sites. This study is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

We, the principal investigators of Cyber Synergy, thank you for your interest in the study.

Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Library and Information Science, and Associate Professor
Rutgers University

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist
OCLC, Inc.

Chirag Shah, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Rutgers University

More information can be obtained at the project website:
http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/synergy/default.htm