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Where Did All the E-Books Go?
A LAP Blog Post

The Library Acquisition Patterns: Preliminary Findings report published in July was the culmination of several years’ worth of work to build a data infrastructure, gather the data, and begin analysis of patterns in U.S. academic libraries’ acquisitions. Although just a stepping stone to publishing a final analysis later this year, we decided to release this preliminary report with a few goals in mind. First, we wanted to update our many dozens of participants on the project’s progress and to provide them with a view of how their data was being utilized. And second, we wanted to give ourselves time to…


Announcing a New Project on Language and Literature

This fall Ithaka S+R is launching the tenth project in our ongoing Research Support Services program. This project will focus on the research practices of faculty in the fields of language and literature, broadly defined, and will seek to identify areas where these scholars need further support. Research in language and literature is typically delineated through sub-fields grouped by genre, theory and/or method of analysis (e.g., poetry, history of the book, composition, literary criticism), comparative literature, and literature in certain languages or geographic regions. Correspondingly, scholars associated with these fields can be found in a variety of departments, including English,…


New Report: Supporting Student Success at Community Colleges

What goals are community college students trying to achieve through their education? What challenges are they facing? What services might help them succeed? These questions are at the center of a multi-year research project that Ithaka S+R and Northern Virginia Community College, along with six other community college partners and with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), are currently undertaking. Today, we’re issuing our first report from the project, Amplifying Student Voices: The Community College Libraries and Academic Support for Student Success Project. Through this project, we are exploring (1) how “student success” can be defined…


The Talent Is Out There
So Why Don’t Elite Colleges Enroll More Low-Income Students?

  • August 6, 2018
Martin Kurzweil and the Aspen Institute’s Joshua Wyner published “The talent is out there. So why don’t elite colleges enroll more low-income students?” in The Washington Post.  Writing in response to a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute, they argue that “both low- and middle-income students are severely underrepresented at selective institutions. The report presents a false trade-off that diverts attention from the real issue: Students in the top income bracket are extraordinarily overrepresented at our nation’s most selective colleges and universities.” Kurzweil and Wyner point to the work of the American Talent Initiative (ATI), and note that “as members…


Library Acquisition Patterns
A Preliminary Report with Data from OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services

As an organization that researches scholarly communications and libraries, our interest at Ithaka S+R was piqued when Joseph Esposito questioned whether university press sales to academic libraries were actually in decline. The reason? University presses tend to measure their sales to academic libraries through the wholesale vendors that traditionally distribute their publications. Since Amazon came onto the scene, however, academic libraries have begun to acquire many of their titles from the online retailer, whose sales metrics are not typically counted toward university press sales and which are not made available to the public. With this in mind, was it not…