From Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library. This  is an approved request for participation in research that has been approved by the Texas State University Institutional Review Board (IRB).

You are invited to participate in a research study on accessibility practices in institutional repositories (IRs) at academic libraries. This survey is designed to be answered by IR managing staff, but some questions may require consultation with other library staff.

Participation in this study is voluntary and should take no more than 10-15 minutes.

All responses are anonymous and no personally identifying information will be collected. There are no direct benefits, but your participation will benefit the wider IR community in better understanding current practices which will inform future discussions about the complexity of these issues. The questions in this survey focus on accessibility concerns related to materials available through the repository and not the software application or platform itself. 

We hope to capture responses from as many IR managers as possible and encourage you to share or forward this survey to any colleagues that may be interested. The survey is available through the link below:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Waugh (

Thank you in advance for your time and participation. 

Research Team: 

  • William Hicks, University of North Texas
  • Nerissa Lindsey, San Diego State University
  • Colleen Lyon, University of Texas at Austin
  • Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library
  • Abigail Shelton, University of Notre Dame
  • Laura Waugh, Texas State University

This project [IRB Number 6668] was approved by the Texas State IRB on 2019-08-16. Pertinent questions or concerns about the research, research participants’ rights, and/or research-related inquiries to participants should be directed to the IRB Chair, Dr. Denise Gobert 512-716-2652 – ( or to Monica Gonzales, IRB Regulatory Manager 512-245-2334 – (