This survey is part of a research project conducted by Jeremy Myntti, Head of Digital Library Services, University of Utah and Liz Woolcott, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Utah State University. This survey analyzes the current and changing structures of Cataloging Departments/Units in academic libraries. The survey was made available through April 30, 2016.

This survey was open to anyone self-identifying as an employee of an academic library with knowledge of the structure and organization of the cataloging unit that supports that library. The total number of participants in this research project will depend on the number of people who respond to this survey.

This is a virtual multi-­location study. This survey will ask respondents about the past, current, and potential future structures of their Cataloging Departments. Participants will answer a series of questions related to the past and current organizational structure of their cataloging department and future plans for changing the structure. The survey should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. Respondents should only take this survey once.

While you will not directly benefit from participation, your participation may help investigators understand current trends in organizational structures for cataloging departments. The results of this study may be published in professional journals. It may also be used for educational purposes or for professional presentations. However, no individual respondent will be identified. Your participation in this project is anonymous. We will not be collecting any personally identifying information.

If you have any questions, you may contact Liz Woolcott ( or 435-797-9458) or Jeremy Myntti ( or 801-585-9537).

Institutional Review Board information:

The Institutional Review Board for the protection of human participants at Utah State University has approved this research study. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights or a research-related injury and would like to contact someone other than the research team, you may contact the IRB Administrator at (435) 797-0567 or email to obtain information or to offer input.

The University of Utah’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved this study. Contact the IRB if you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant. Also, contact the IRB if you have questions, complaints or concerns which you do not feel you can discuss with the investigator. The University of Utah IRB may be reached by phone at (801) 581-3655 or by e-mail at