Renovations at the Virtual Branch:
How Open Source Content Management Systems Affect the Functionality of the Public Library’s Web-Based Services
Information Sheet for Potential Participants
This project looks at the change role of the public library’s website and how open source content management systems affect this transition. The project seeks to uncover what libraries feel is important in a website and how a change to an open source content management system affects the library’s ability to implement the functions they feel are desired by users. The project also looks to discover the feelings of library users and content creators to see where these types of dynamic database-driven websites have been most successful and where there is still room for improvement.
You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part this information sheet provides information on how collected data will be used. In addition, if you decide to take part but later change your mind, you can still withdraw at any time. If you do decide to withdraw at a later time, you will not be asked for a reason and any data collected will be destroyed.
One of the project’s data collection tools will be surveys of librarians whose responsibilities include maintaining a website that is powered by an open source content management system . You have been selected because you are a librarian that meets these criteria. The survey contains a series of mostly open-ended questions about your views on the role of a library website and how well you believe the current system in place at your library helps to meet user needs. The survey is concerned with your opinion on the level of service and the amount of functionality currently offered by your library at the web level. You will be free to answer as much or as little as you like and skip questions that you do not wish to answer. It is estimated that this ten question survey can be completed in twenty minutes or less.
Restrictions/ Risks/ Benefits
This research is aimed at librarians who work directly with the systems-side of a content management system and it is most beneficial to the researcher if it is completed by the member of staff that is most responsible for these types of tasks. There are no foreseeable risks or benefits to the participant connected directly with being a part of this project.
In the Event of Cancellation/ Concern/ Complaint
If this research project is canceled for any reason participants will be informed by the Principal Investigator (Michael Pawlus). In addition, if there are any concerns or complaints during the research process, please address them to Principal Investigator (Michael Pawlus). If after that time, you still feel that your concern or complaint has not been sufficiently addressed you may feel welcome to contact the Project Supervisor (Dr. Andrew Cox). If after this, you are still unsatisfied you can contact the University’s ‘Registrar and Secretary’.
All the information collected about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. You will not be able to be identified in any reports or publications. In the final report, your contributions will be attributed to anonymous participants (for example, Participant 1, Participant 2, etc.).
This project is being funded privately. The project will serve as the dissertation for completion of my Master’s degree.
This project has been approved by the Department of Information Studies Ethics Review Board.
Dr. Andrew Cox
Thank you for taking part in this project.