Nancy Fried Foster will deliver one of the keynote addresses at the Northumbria Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday, July 21. Additionally Alisa Rod is speaking at two sessions about the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey and the UK Survey of Academics 2015, as well as on the Ithaka S+R Local Surveys. Alisa is also offering a half-day workshop on Thursday, July 23. Please see the workshop description for more information:

Designing User-Centered Survey Questions for Strategic Assessment: A Workshop at the Northumbria Conference

Whys, Hows and Results of Participatory Design of Academic Libraries (Nancy Fried Foster-Keynote)

Tuesday, July 21 at 9:00 am

For years academic libraries, using traditional approaches to design, made incremental improvements to spaces, services and tools with excellent results. Recent transformations in the ways people do academic work have made it necessary to find alternative approaches to library design. One alternative, participatory design, engages the people who work in and with libraries in the design process, especially during the early phases when the overall purpose and vision are clarified. In this presentation, Nancy Fried Foster will provide a brief overview of the participatory design process and one of its main methods, work-practice study. Examples from recent projects will illustrate a variety of design techniques and outcomes. Foster will make a case for the value of this approach, especially in sharpening foresight, if not prediction, and in breaking with precedent across services, technologies and spaces.

The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey and UK Survey of Academics 2015 Instruments: Questionnaire Design and Methodology (Alisa Rod)

Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00 am

In this session, Alisa Rod will discuss the findings of qualitative and quantitative pre-tests and pilot tests conducted on a revised version of the Ithaka S+R 2012 US Faculty Survey and UK Survey of Academics instruments for the anticipated 2015 iteration. This paper describes the development of the US Faculty Survey 2015 and the UK Survey of Academics 2015 with advisory committees and in accordance with current “best practices” in questionnaire design methodology. The great majority of the thematic coverage of the US instrument will overlap with the UK instrument for 2015, both of which will be refreshed based on the most up to date strategic issues while mindful of the importance of opportunities to compare cross-nationally and continue to track important trends.

Surveying Students’ Research Practices and Information Needs: Approaches and Methods for Developing User-Centric Questions (Alisa Rod)

Tuesday, July 21 at 1:30 pm

In this panel discussion, Alisa Rod will be joined by Lisa Hinchliffe of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Greg Careaga of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Alisa Rod will present on the development of the Ithaka S+R Student Survey and the methodological approaches to designing valid and reliable survey questions for understanding user practices. Lisa Hinchliffe will present on co-developing, with Ithaka S+R, a set of discipline-specific questions for STEM graduate students about their research practices, in addition to a set of questions regarding international students’ research practices and needs. Greg Careaga will then present on co-developing and qualitatively testing with 31 graduate and undergraduate students at UCSC, a set of user-centric questions intended to provide evidence for space planning in libraries. Alisa Rod will facilitate a panel discussion that will focus on the practical and research implications of our approaches and findings for the international library performance and measurement community.