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Survey – Secondary Trauma and Archivists: A Study into the Need for Services in the Canadian Archival Community

September 15, 2016

Dear colleagues,

As a part of the master’s program at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies of the University of British Columbia (UBC), working under Dr. Jennifer Douglas, we are asking archivists and records professionals working in Canada to kindly participate in our study: Secondary Trauma and Archivists: a study into the need for services in the Canadian Archival Community. This study is open for those working with archives or records who is a Canadian citizen or is a permanent resident of Canada. The survey is also open to those professionals working for a Canadian institution anywhere in the world.

Archivists who work with records documenting trauma and serve associated communities are at risk for psychological harm, but this is an area that is not well examined. Your responses are crucial to aid with our understanding of what the need for services is in the Canadian archival community. This survey should take you approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below to go to the survey website (or copy and paste the link into your browser).

Survey link:

The questionnaire is confidential and delivered on secure survey software that meets UBC’s privacy and security criteria. Your participation is voluntary, and completion of the questionnaire indicates your consent to participate in this research. You may choose to end the questionnaire at any time. Any identifying information you choose to provide at the end of the questionnaire in order to receive a brief summary of our findings will be removed from the dataset prior to analysis to protect the confidentiality of your identity and your answers.

The questionnaire will remain accessible for your input until October 7th, 2016

We appreciate your time and consideration in completing the questionnaire, and thank you for your participation in this study!


Katie Sloan

Jenny Vanderfluit

MAS/MLIS Candidates,
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

Dr. Jennifer Douglas
University of British Columbia
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Suite 471 – 1961 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1 CANADA


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