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January 29, 2019

National Study Examines How Book Acquisitions at Academic Libraries Have Evolved

Library Acquisition Patterns

Academic books are an important part of scholarship and have traditionally been integral to academic libraries as they develop collections to support the research needs of students and faculty members. However, as library budgets shrink and students and scholars turn toward away from the liberal arts, university presses and other associated organizations have begun to express concern that book sales are in decline. But another phenomenon started happening simultaneously in this industry: Amazon began selling academic books, competing for customers…
Research Report
January 29, 2019

Library Acquisition Patterns

The Library Acquisition Patterns (LAP) project was undertaken with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with the aim of examining trends in US academic libraries’ book purchasing. The findings of this report consist of two distinct areas: 1) an analysis of library book acquisitions within the specified sample for fiscal year 2017 at 124 US academic institutions, and 2) a trend line analysis of print and e-books acquired within the specified sample, the university press presence in these…
Blog Post
January 16, 2019

Supporting Civil and Environmental Engineering Research

Recommendations by and for Academic Librarians

In Ithaka S+R’s newest Research Support Services project – highlighted in our capstone report released today – we partnered with teams at 11 academic libraries in the United States and Canada to study the research practices and support needs of civil and environmental engineering scholars. (They join teams at 77 other universities who have participated in similar Ithaka S+R-led projects, including Asian studies and public…
Blog Post
January 16, 2019

Engineering for Impact: Practices of Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholars

The latest installment in Ithaka S+R’s series of Research Support Services projects investigates the research practices and support needs of civil and environmental engineering scholars. Today we are excited to publish the project’s capstone report. The field of civil and environmental engineering tackles pressing issues relating to our built and natural environments – from climate change to urban drinking water, bridge and highway upkeep to natural disaster planning. The need for research solutions to these problems…
Research Report
January 16, 2019

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholars

In 2017 and 2018 Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of civil and environmental engineering scholars in the United States with the goal of identifying services to better support them. The goal of this report is to provide actionable findings for the organizations, institutions, and professionals who support the research processes of civil and environmental engineering scholars.
Blog Post
January 9, 2019

CNI Fall Meeting Presentation on the State of Digital Preservation

Video Recording Now Available

At CNI’s Fall Meeting in December, we had the pleasure of presenting some of the highlights from the recent Ithaka S+R brief on the state of digital preservation. It was one of the talks selected for recording and is now available on CNI’s YouTube and Vimeo channels. At CNI, we shared some of what we have learned to gather feedback and additional perspectives…
Upcoming Event
April 12, 2019

US Faculty Survey 2018: First Release of Key Findings

Christine Wolff-Eisenberg and Roger Schonfeld at ACRL

The Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey has tracked the attitudes and behaviors of US faculty members since 2000 to provide regularly updated snapshots on key issues and trend analysis of changes across survey cycles. Christine Wolff-Eisenberg and Roger Schonfeld will unveil key findings from the Faculty Survey 2018 which we plan to publish in conjunction with the ACRL 2019 conference. In this survey cycle, we have continued our coverage of faculty research workflows, teaching practices, and perceptions of the role of…
Blog Post
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…
Past Event
December 11, 2018

Bolstering Openness and Impact: University Publishing as a Strategic Priority at SUNY

Roger Schonfeld and Mark McBride at CNI

On Tuesday, December 11, Roger Schonfeld and SUNY’s Mark McBride are presenting on “Bolstering Openness and Impact: University Publishing as a Strategic Priority at SUNY” at CNI’s Fall Meeting. For more details on the talk, which will begin at 1:00 pm, please see the conference website. Abstract Publishing is a significant activity and strategic priority for many higher education institutions, even if an increasing share has been outsourced, especially to commercial providers, in recent decades. As large and complex…
Blog Post
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…
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.
Past Event
November 16, 2018

The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace

Roger Schonfeld Moderates NFAIS Virtual Workshop

On Friday, November 16, Roger Schonfeld is moderating an NFAIS virtual workshop on “The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace.” The workshop will run from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and registration is open on the NFAIS website. About the workshop: Driven by the rise of Open Access, the landscape and roles in the scholarship communications industry are fast changing. New portfolios are being developed that combine content and platforms in ways that will create seamlessness for…
Past Event
December 5, 2018

Roger Schonfeld at the 2018 STM Week

Processes, Products and People in Publishing

Roger Schonfeld is moderating a plenary panel at the 2018 STM Week in London on Wednesday, December 5. The plenary on “The Future of Access 1: a Supercontinent for Content ?” will include talks by  Gaby Appleton (Mendeley/ Elsevier), Rob McGrath (ReadCube/ Access Anywhere), and Jan Reichelt (Kopernio/ Clarivate). For more information and to register, please see the STM website. About the panel: The process for discovering and accessing scholarly content has broken. Today, there are fundamentally two different approaches being taken…
Past Event
October 10, 2018

What’s Hot and Cooking in Scholarly and Academic Publishing?

Roger Schonfeld at the Frankfurt Book Fair

On October 10, 2018, Roger Schonfeld is participating in a roundtable discussion on “What’s Hot and Cooking in Scholarly and Academic Publishing?” at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This event, a collaboration between SSP, The Scholarly Kitchen, and the Frankfurt Book Fair, is free to all Fair attendees and will run from 8:45 am to 10:00 am. For more information and to register, please see the SSP website. About the event: The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs (blog contributors) explore what’s next…
Blog Post
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…
Blog Post
August 16, 2018

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…
Blog Post
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…
Blog Post
July 19, 2018

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…
Research Report
July 19, 2018

Library Acquisition Patterns: Preliminary Findings

Several years ago, we set out to better understand how both library acquisition practices and the distribution patterns of publishers and vendors were evolving over time.[1] Within the academic publishing community, there is a sense that academic libraries are acquiring fewer and fewer books and that university presses are struggling amid declining sales. The latter may certainly be true—a recent UK study found that between 2005 and 2014, retail sales of academic books dropped by 13 percent…
Blog Post
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…