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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 52, December 18, 2011, Article 5

SURVEY: INSTITUTIONAL NUMISMATIC LIBRARIES OF THE WORLD

Barbara Bonous-Smit, Head of Reference and Serials at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, is circulating a survey of institutional numismatic libraries around the world. Barbara is a new E-Sylum subscriber and writes: "I'm familiar with your newsletter and organization via working at the ANS as the assistant librarian.". Please complete the survey if it applies to you, or forward the information to anyone you know who is associated with a numismatic library. Thanks. -Editor

I am conducting a study on numismatic libraries and I am writing to ask your help. The study is part of an effort to learn more about numismatic libraries and to create a directory of numismatic libraries in the United States and around the world, since no directory currently exists. I am sure many interested in numismatics will find such a directory of great value, including numismatists, numismatic scholars, historians, archaeologists, coin collectors and dealers, librarians, other researchers, and the general public. I would appreciate receiving your input so that the result will assist me in the creation of the Directory of Numismatic Libraries and truly reflect characteristics of numismatic libraries.

Your answers to this questionnaire are completely confidential. Concerning the survey procedures, I am using SurveyMonkey for the purpose of collecting data for this survey. Of course, participation in this survey is strictly voluntary. However, you can help me very much by taking a few minutes to answer the survey available at: www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=QWeVlvrCEhfxmyeG8J_2fyCw_3d_3d .

Please feel free to send any additional information about your library, such as a brief history, for inclusion in the directory. Any submission may be edited by the author. Submission of this information is voluntary and will not impact in any way the outcomes of this research.

This study does not present any risks and you will not be compensated for participating. You may skip any questions you don't want to answer and you may stop answering questions at any time without penalty. I intend to retain your responses, and any information you provide will not be destroyed.

After the study is completed, a summary of the demographic and characteristic findings will also be published as an article. The article will also contain an appendix with a geographical listing of only the names of numismatic libraries.

You will have an opportunity to check the information about your library in the directory before it is published. You will also receive a copy of the article before it is published. Before the results are published as a directory or article, you will be free to make any changes/correction to your library's entry or request deletion of your library's entry in the Directory of Numismatic Libraries and in the appendix of the article.

If you have any questions or comment about this study, I would be happy to talk with you. You can call me at (718) 281-5010 or e-mail me at: BBonoussmit@qcc.cuny.edu or Dr. Paul Marchese at (718) 631-6690 or via e-mail at: pmarchese@qcc.cuny.edu.

Thank you very much for helping me with this important study. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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