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Past Event
March 11, 2018

Meeting the Needs of Humanities Librarians Roundtable

Danielle Cooper Speaks on Conveying Value to Faculty, Students, and Researchers

On Sunday, March 11, Danielle Cooper will take part in the “Meeting the Needs of Humanities Librarians Roundtable” in Washington, DC. The roundtable is part of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day. Danielle, Katherine Dohe, Digital Programs & Initiatives Manager at the Universities Libraries of the University of Maryland, and Melissa Jones, English & Humanities Librarian at Georgetown University, are speaking on “Conveying Value to Faculty, Students, and Researchers.” The panel, sponsored by NFAIS, takes place…
Issue Brief
July 26, 2017

Rethinking Liaison Programs for the Humanities

For generations, most research libraries have had employees with deep subject expertise. Once known as bibliographers, these scholars and librarians originally focused their efforts on selection for collection building. Today, there is real anxiety about the role of subject expertise and academic liaisons in research libraries. We argue that evidence about scholars’ practices and needs should be a key input into reorganizing library subject expertise.[1] Librarian subject expertise and liaison roles At many research libraries, the role of…
Past Event
April 4, 2017

Supporting Scholarly Research Practices at Scale in the Humanities

Danielle Cooper and Roger Schonfeld at the the CNI Spring Member Meeting

Substantial evidence from many sources shows that digital innovation has led to changing research practices among some humanities faculty, necessitating the creation of new forms of expert consultation and training in technologies. But, which of these needs for new services among early adopters are becoming the needs of the faculty-at-large? In this presentation we compare findings across three of Ithaka S+R’s large-scale cross-institutional qualitative research projects on scholars in history (2012), art history (2013) and religious studies (2017)…
Blog Post
June 21, 2016

Humanists and the Transition from Print to Electronic

In the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015, which provides a periodic snapshot of faculty members’ practices and perceptions related to scholarly communications and information usage, we found that humanist respondents differed from those in other disciplines in the value they assign to and ways that they use print and electronic resources. Relative to respondents in other disciplines, humanists most highly value print versions of monographs, are less comfortable with transitioning from electronic formats of monographs and journals, and…
Blog Post
October 8, 2015

Should Higher Education be More Vocational?

On June 8, Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, sent a letter to the 86 national universities, asking them to take “active steps to abolish [social science and humanities] departments or convert them to areas that would better meet society’s needs.” American educators have been both perplexed and critical of this mandate, some to the point of threatening to end exchange programs with Japanese universities. For those who love the humanities and social sciences, it…