Before agreeing to participate in this research study, it is important that you read and understand the following explanation of the purpose, benefits and risks of the study and how it will be conducted.
Title of Study: Transforming Library Services for Transgender Patrons
Investigator: Spencer Keralis, Research Associate Professor, University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries.
Purpose of the Study: You are being asked to participate in a research study to assess transgender library patrons’ information seeking needs, and their expectations of libraries.
Study Procedures: You will be asked to answer a few multiple-choice and short-answer questions, which will take about 10-15 minutes of your time.
Foreseeable Risks: There are no foreseeable risks involved in this study.
Benefits to the Subjects or Others: This study is not expected to be of any direct benefit to you, but we hope to learn more about the needs of transgender patrons and librarians’ awareness of those needs. Your survey responses may be used to develop research-based web and print resources for public service librarians in school, public, and university libraries. These resources may enable school, public and university librarians to provide better patron services to transgender persons. Results of this survey may also inform white papers or other research outputs.
Compensation for Participants: None.
Procedures for Maintaining Confidentiality of Research Records: No personal information will be recorded. If you wish to elaborate on your responses, you may email Spencer.Keralis@unt.edu. Responses will be anonymized when the data is collated.
Questions about the Study: If you have any questions about the study, you may contact the primary investigator, Spencer Keralis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Review for the Protection of Participants: This research study has been reviewed and approved by the UNT Institutional Review Board (IRB). The UNT IRB can be contacted at (940) 565-4643 with any questions regarding the rights of research subjects.
Research Participants’ Rights: By choosing to continue onto the survey, you are indicating that you have read all of the above and that you confirm all of the following: The study has been explained to you and all of your questions have been answered. You have been told the possible benefits and the potential risks and/or discomforts of the study. You understand that you do not have to take part in this study, and your refusal to participate or your decision to withdraw will involve no penalty or loss of rights or benefits. You understand why the study is being conducted and how it will be performed. You understand your rights as a research participant and you voluntarily consent to participate in this study.
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