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Surveys, More Surveys.And Research Reports!

Magazine article Information Outlook

Surveys, More Surveys.And Research Reports!

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There may be no greater example of the loyalty of SLA's membership than the continuing high response rate the Association receives to its member surveys. We consistently hear back from about 50% of the people we ask to cooperate--an excellent response under any circumstance, and an astounding figure considering the length of some surveys and the mail format we use.

We appreciate your willingness to support the Association in this way, and the Research Department staff will seek to respect this show of good will by reducing respondent burden whenever possible. We always attempt to make surveys as brief as possible and make an effort to send surveys only to the smallest feasible sample of SLA members.

With this in mind...

In the next several weeks the Special Libraries Association will be sending out two surveys. The first is what we have traditionally called the "Super Survey," a member-demographic and needs-assessment survey the Association conducts every five years. This year's Super Survey will largely follow the format of previous efforts and is extremely important because the results will be used to help SLA allocate resources and develop new products and services for its members. We anticipate mailing this survey to approximately 2000 current and former members.

The second survey is the 2001 SLA Annual Salary Survey, which will be mailed to approximately half of SLA's U.S. members and all of its Canadian members. Your response to this survey is vital because the study results help every single member of the profession to determine his or her worth in the job market. It is especially important for Canadian members to respond, since there SLA has fewer members in Canada, and without a robust response rate we cannot provide as accurate a level of detailed information. …

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