Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Survey about the image and Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS) use in object-based research

My name is Kayla Olson, and I am a graduate student in Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I am conducting a research study which seeks to explore how common the use of Qualitative Data Analysis software (QDAS) is among art historians and archaeologists who are, or have been, affiliated with American universities. Participants can be graduate students (MA, PhD) and/or research staff (post-doctoral candidates, lecturers, professors).They do not have to work in an art history or archaeology department! Emerita and independent researchers who use resources from universities in the United States are also welcomed. Participants are also encouraged to share the survey with colleagues who meet these criteria. All responses are valuable, even if participants have no prior experience with QDAS.    


The anonymized survey responses may help professionals in academic librarianship and visual resources management assess whether their institution should invest in access and instruction surrounding QDAS for patrons in these disciplines. Responses may also help these professionals better understand how art historians and archaeologists organize images throughout their research. The survey should take no more than 15-20 minutes 

The study also has IRB exempt status (IRB 20-3371) and poses minimal risk to participants. The finalized master’s paper which analyzes the survey may be submitted for publication or a conference presentation.   


The survey can be found at this link:   


Thank you very much for your time, and please do not hesitate to contact me with questions. If participants have questions or concerns about their rights as a research subjects, they may contact the UNC Institutional Review Board at 919-966-3113 or by email at   



Kayla Olson (she/her/hers) | Second-year CALA research assistant, Sloane Art Library
Master of Science in Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill class of 2021
Carolina Academic Library Associates


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