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Big Deal Survey

Dear Colleague:

We are asking for your help and cooperation in a short voluntary 
survey investigating libraries' relationships with journal 
publishers' "Big Deals."  This research is important to 
understanding how librarians are actually managing the high costs 
of scholarly journal packages and to determine if there is 
anything beyond frustration behind the current rhetoric of the 
"Big Deal."

Participation is expected to take no longer than five minutes.

The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following link: 

Your decision to participate in this study is completely 
voluntary.  You are not required to participate and declining to 
participate in no way jeopardizes your academic standing.  To 
ensure anonymity, please do not write your name or any 
identifying information on any portion of the survey in the open 
questions.  All responses will be completely anonymous, and it 
will not be possible to match you with your data in any way.

There are no known economic, legal, physical, psychological, or 
social risks to participants in either immediate or long-range 
outcomes.  Internet protocol addresses will be removed from the 
data set.  Data will be securely stored to the extent possible by 
the current electronic security software and hardware we are 
using.  You may withdraw your consent and discontinue you 
participation at any time.

If you have any questions or concerns about the nature of this 
study, please contact Stephanie H. Wical, McIntyre Library, 
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004, 
(715-836-3508 or wicalsh@uwec.edu).  If you have any questions 
about your treatment as a participant in this study, please 
contact Dr. Don Bredle, Chair, Institutional Review Board for the 
Protection of Human Subjects, Schofield 17, University of 
Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004, (715) 836-2373.

Thank you for participating in this research.


Stephanie H. Wical
Assistant Professor
Periodicals and Electronic Resources Librarian
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702
(715) 836-3508

Joseph J. Esposito
Independent Management Consultant