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December 10, 2018

Learning at LAC

Notes from the Library Assessment Conference 2018

This year, the Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries hosted their biennial Library Assessment Conference (LAC) in Houston, Texas. Having recently joined the Ithaka S+R survey team in November, this was my first time attending LAC, and I was eager to immerse myself in the sessions described in the schedule. I knew I was in the right place when the conference started with “Wednesday Metrics with Steve.”…
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December 7, 2018

The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace

It was my great privilege last month to facilitate a virtual workshop on the topic of The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace. These services are at the heart of the publisher workflow, and they are the basis of fascinating consolidation today. Elsevier’s acquisition of Aries has brought its competition with Clarivate, which owns ScholarOne. Can these providers integrate manuscript management into their broader publishing…
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November 28, 2018

Collectively Supporting Faculty in New Zealand

In 2018, the majority (six out of eight) of New Zealand academic libraries undertook the Ithaka S+R faculty survey in order to explore and deepen understanding of scholars’ research and teaching practices and needs. The project was initiated by the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) with the Ithaka S+R instrument chosen as this is a well-established tool with a strong track record in evaluating the relationship between scholarly researchers and the use of libraries. The goal…
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November 28, 2018

New Issue Brief on Scholars as Collectors

Today we publish an Ithaka S+R issue brief that is aimed at reframing how academic research support is conceptualized to better address scholars’ needs. Research support services in university settings are currently focused on aiding scholars as they work on specific research tasks or content, which is largely diffuse and often insufficiently funded. We contend that research support services would be more effective if designed to holistically reflect how scholars work. Looking to scholarly practices in a…
Issue Brief
November 28, 2018

Scholars ARE Collectors: A Proposal for Re-thinking Research Support

After fifteen years of digging into the research practices of scholars at Ithaka S+R, it is clear that scholars are collectors. We have found that they are creating and amassing increasingly complex personal collections of information over the course of their careers. These collections vary widely depending on the discipline and take many forms.
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October 23, 2018

Reflections on the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

From September 26-30 the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) held their third national conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference is sponsored by five associations of ethnic librarians and is a crucial venue for supporting librarians of color, and by extension, fostering diversity in the profession. A group of librarians on the Indigenous Studies project, in which 12…
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September 17, 2018

From 101 Innovations to a Roadmap for Collaboration

Open Source Tools for Scholarly Workflow Support

Last month, I participated virtually in the Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST) workshop as 86 individuals from 58 different organizations gathered in Berkeley on August 27-28 to explore the growing category of open source scholarly workflow tools, to compare notes, and to identify areas of cooperation and integration.The event program includes all the background information and presentations so I’ll try to highlight…
Past Event
December 5, 2018

Ithaka S+R at the Library Assessment Conference

Danielle Cooper and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg Present on Ongoing Research Projects

Danielle Cooper and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg will present on two research projects at the Library Assessment Conference in Houston, Texas. On Wednesday, December 5, Christine will be joined by Dr. Braddlee of Northern Virginia Community College to talk about the Community College Libraries & Academic Support for Student Success project as part of a panel on Methods & Tools. The session runs from 2-3:30 pm. On Thursday, December 6, Danielle is speaking on “Perspectives on the Limits of Assessment: Ithaka…
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August 30, 2018

Dispatch from IFLA 2018

I recently presented at the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information congress on the Indigenous Studies project. For the project, Ithaka S+R is working with 12 university libraries to understand the research support needs of Indigenous Studies scholars. The project is endorsed by IFLA’s Indigenous Matters section and I presented alongside section member Camille Callison, who is serving…
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August 15, 2018

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…
Past Event
August 26, 2018

Danielle Cooper at IFLA

On Sunday, August 26, Danielle Cooper will speak on the “Decolonizing Academic Library Research with Indigenous Methodologies: A Collaborative Approach” panel at the 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Danielle and Camille Callison of the University of Manitoba will discuss the ongoing research support services project on indigenous studies. The panel is part of a larger session on “Diverse Indigenous Voices: Decolonizing, Transforming and Centering Practices – Indigenous Matters,” which will run from 9:30 –…
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June 27, 2018

New Questionnaire for the US Faculty Survey 2018 Now Available

I am thrilled to announce that we have completed our updates for the upcoming Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2018. As in previous cycles, the survey will explore the research and teaching practices, perceptions, and needs of scholars at four-year colleges and universities. This year, we have developed new thematic areas of coverage on research dissemination, open educational resources, and learning analytics, which we believe are vital emergent strategic issues for higher education institutions and their…
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June 21, 2018

The Limits of Area Studies: Studying Scholars of Asia

From 2015-2017, Ithaka S+R partnered with 29 researchers at 11 academic libraries in the U.S. to study the research activities and support needs of scholars in Asian Studies. Today we are excited to release the project’s capstone report, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars, which provides actionable findings for organizations, institutions, and professionals who support these research activities.  Our report is complemented by the local findings (see below) that have…
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June 21, 2018

Leveraging the Asian Studies Project Locally

Lafayette College’s Perspective

In the spring of 2017, Lafayette College joined eleven other institutions to participate in Ithaka S+R’s qualitative study of Asian Studies scholars (Ithaka S+R’s capstone report, which includes links to the reports authored by the participating institutions, can be found here). As part of the project, Michaela Kelly and I conducted one-on-one semi-structured interviews with our faculty members on their research focus and methods, information access and discovery, dissemination practices, and the state…
Research Report
June 21, 2018

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars

Executive Summary Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program investigates how the research support needs of scholars vary by discipline and includes reports on history, chemistry, art history, religious studies, agriculture, and public health. In 2017-2018, Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of Asian studies scholars conducting research through U.S. institutions. This project was undertaken collaboratively with research teams at 11 academic libraries with the goal of identifying services to better support Asian studies scholars. This report…
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June 1, 2018

Employing Cognitive Interviews for Questionnaire Testing

Preparing to Field the US Faculty Survey

Ithaka S+R is gearing up to field our seventh national US Faculty Survey on the research and teaching practices, perceptions, and needs of scholars at four-year colleges and universities. The questionnaire for this upcoming cycle has been designed to continue tracking critical trends in higher education from previous cycles while at the same time introducing new questions to address issues of current strategic importance. Having gathered…
Past Event
May 31, 2018

Engaging Staff in Evidence-Based Approaches to User-Centric Library Services

Danielle Cooper at the CONUL Annual Conference

On Thursday, May 31, Danielle Cooper and Siobhan Dunne, Trinity College Dublin, will speak on “Engaging Staff in Evidence-Based Approaches to User-Centric Library Services” at the CONUL Annual Conference in Galway, Ireland. The talk is part of a session on measuring the impact & effectiveness of library services and will run from 12:15 to 1:25 pm. For more information and to register, please see the conference website.    …
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April 24, 2018

Now Available: Dataset for Library Survey 2016 at ICPSR

Last year we published findings from the Library Survey 2016. We have been running this survey on a triennial basis since 2010 to examine the attitudes and behaviors of library deans and directors at not-for profit four-year academic institutions across the United States. The Library Survey report aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about the important issues and trends that are shaping the purpose, role, and viability of…
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April 3, 2018

Joining Together to Support Undergraduate Instruction

A New Program from Ithaka S+R

For over five years Ithaka S+R has successfully developed large-scale research projects through our Research Support Services program to study the research support needs of scholars in disciplines including history, art history, chemistry, religious studies, agriculture and public health. We are now launching…
Past Event
April 24, 2018

Breaking Down the Silos

Roger Schonfeld at the STM Society Day Conference

On Tuesday, April 24, Roger Schonfeld is participating in the STM Society Day Conference in Philadelphia. This year’s theme, “Breaking Down the Silos,” takes as its starting point Roger’s recent Scholarly Kitchen post, “Workflow Strategy for Those Left Behind: Strategic Context.” Roger will also speak during the 1:15 panel on “Coordinating all aspects of research.” He will be joined by Penelope Lewis, American Chemical Society, Erin Lavik, University of Maryland, and Karen McCord, Breezio. Phil Jones, Digital Science, will moderate…