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Dear Colleague:

You are invited to participate in a survey of health sciences librarians and paraprofessionals to identify issues affecting work-life balance.  Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English defines work-life balance as "the achievement of equality between time spent working and one's personal life."   We hope to learn more about the challenges facing library staff as they attempt to balance child care, elder care, education toward another degree etc.  The information you share will help us describe current issues and identify areas for improvement and the need for additional research.  We anticipate publishing the results of this research and sharing findings with the profession through various outlets.

If you work in a health sciences library in the United States, we are requesting your participation. Please forward this email to any librarians or paraprofessionals in your library who are not on this listserv.  To complete the survey, please visit the web address below:

The anonymous survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  Your completion and submission of this survey indicates voluntary consent to participate in this study. Please note that no direct personal identifying information is being requested.  Any indirect computer identifiers will be removed from raw data prior to data analysis and review.  Great care will also be taken in reporting regional information and demographics due to the number of libraries in any one region. The raw data will be seen only by the co-investigators and one other UAMS Library faculty member assisting with the survey software.

Please complete the survey by March 18, 2009.

If you have questions about this study, please contact either Susan Steelman or Brynn Mays via the contact points listed. Thank you for considering this request.

Susan Steelman, MLIS                                                                                   Brynn Mays, MSLS
Coordinator of Research & Clinical Search Services                           Reference Librarian
Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library                                    Research & Clinical Search Services
4301 W. Markham, #586                                                                               Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library
Little Rock, AR  72205                                                                                      4301 W. Markham, #586
501-686-6734                                                                                                     Little Rock, AR  72205
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Susan Steelman, M.L.I.S.
Associate Professor &
Coordinator of Research & Clinical Search Services
UAMS Library
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