» Information Seeking Behavior Survey Study

In 2005 Dr. Hemminger conducted a study of over 1000 UNC faculty and graduate student scientists at the UNC campus using an online survey. The aim is to better understand their information seeking behavior at a time when resources, searching, and communication of scholarly materials are increasily moving online. Work on this grant involves continued analysis of the UNC survey results, and a national study based on the UNC study. The national study involves coordinating and working with 10-15 sites, each performing the same survey locally at their institution. The second phase of this work involves conducting individual semi-structured interviews with researchers (at UNC and potentially other campuses) to gain a more in-depth understanding of their information seeking behaviors. Several master's papers and disserations are potentially possible from the work on this project. The GRA position pays between $15,000 and $20,000 per year, depending on experience.