Last week, Joseph Esposito announced on The Scholarly Kitchen a new research project in partnership with Ithaka S+R to study changing channels through which publishers sell to libraries and libraries acquire from publishers. We believe that the mechanisms for book sales/acquisitions are changing to some degree, especially at smaller libraries, with real implications both for the print and digital marketplace. We are thrilled to be launching this project in partnership with Joe, and grateful to the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that makes it possible.

Ithaka S+R brings to this project a wealth of experience in conducting surveys of libraries and in helping libraries and publishers adapt to the changing landscape for book collecting and collections. We expect to complete this project and release a full report of findings publicly by December 2015.