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April 5, 2022

Launching the 2022 Art Museum Director Survey 

In early 2020, Ithaka S+R launched the inaugural art museum director survey. This survey gathered the attitudes of museum directors on topics including leadership and strategy, budget and staffing, visitors and the public, and collections. When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the doors of museums across the country, the museum director survey had been in the field only a few weeks. We closed the survey with a fifty percent response rate. The evidence gathered…
Blog Post
February 11, 2022

Announcing the Next Cycle of the Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Ithaka S+R opened the third cycle of the survey on February 7

In 2014 and 2018, Ithaka S+R partnered with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), to conduct a quantitative study on diversity within art museums who are part of these associations. We are excited to announce the continued collaboration through a third cycle of the demographic survey examining diversity amongst art museum employees.  Previous Cycles…
Past Event
February 2, 2022

What’s it like to be an Intern with Ithaka S+R?

Colette Johnson, Dylan Ruediger, and Christy McDaniel at University of Michigan- Rackham

During this session, staff from Ithaka S+R will provide an overview of their internship program for graduate students. Staff who have supervised interns will discuss their career paths, the kind of work they do, and the types of project students could expect to contribute to as interns with the company. The session will include time for questions and discussion.
Blog Post
January 18, 2022

Ithaka S+R is Growing: Join Us!

Over the past few years, the scope and breadth of Ithaka S+R’s work has grown substantially. The Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums program has seen increases in cohort projects that explore critical issues facing libraries; grant funded initiatives focused on digital preservation, higher education in prison, student success, and museum leadership; national surveys of faculty, community college administrators, and archivists; and sponsored work on topics including the health of the research enterprise and diversifying collections.  To…
Past Event
January 21, 2022

Dylan Ruediger at Brandeis University 

On January 21 at 2:00 PM, Dylan Rudeiger will be chairing a virtual panel on career paths for humanities PhDs sponsored by Brandeis University.
Past Event
January 10, 2022

The Chronicle’s Strategic-Leadership Program

For Department Chairs

Department chairs help make important curricular, personnel, and budget decisions and increasingly play a crucial role in innovations around student success, research, and technology. Yet, while the department chair is typically the first rung on the ladder to senior leadership in academia, many take on the position without the necessary training or mentorship. We at Ithaka S+R are thrilled once again to be working with The Chronicle of Higher Education and Dever…
Blog Post
October 20, 2021

The A*CENSUS II: All Archivists Survey is Live

The A*CENSUS II: All Archivists Survey launched this week! This is the first broadscale survey of individual archivists and memory workers in the United States in 17 years. Nearly six thousand archivists participated in the original A*CENSUS in 2004, and the overwhelming response allowed the findings to be leveraged across the field in a myriad of ways. For institutions and professional organizations, the data informed the design of new curricula and the assessment of educational offerings; for archival institutions, the…
Blog Post
August 19, 2021

Questions for Ithaka S+R’s Summer 2021 Intern Cohort

This summer, we welcomed four interns to our team. In this interview, they reflect on what brought them to Ithaka S+R, what they accomplished, and their experiences this summer. From left to right: Raul Armenta, Yuzhou Bai, Tangier Davis, and Jeremiah Perez-Torres What attracted you to Ithaka S+R? What current projects are you working on? Jeremiah Perez-Torres (PhD Candidate, CUNY) Ithaka S+R works towards improving higher education in a variety of ways and ensures that all…
Blog Post
August 17, 2021

Advancing Strategy through Staffing

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Library Leadership Roles

Following the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have seen a notable rise in academic libraries’ public commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and even more so following the social justice protests of summer 2020. These include drafting statements positioning the library in opposition to hate crimes and police violence and shifting resources towards new programs and services that address the needs of a wider variety of patrons. Overseeing these initiatives—and…
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July 26, 2021

SAA 2021 Annual Meeting

What to Watch For

Next month, archivists from across the country will convene virtually to discuss emerging and ongoing issues in the field at the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting, ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2021: Together/Apart. This year’s meeting will take place from August 4 to 6 (with some pre-conference activities earlier in the week) and will showcase 10 live sessions and 20 pre-recorded sessions with live Q&As. The conference will feature keynote speakers, general sessions, networking opportunities,…
Past Event
August 5, 2021

Makala Skinner at SAA’s ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2021

On August 5 and 6, join Makala Skinner to learn more about the A*CENSUS survey, which is a large scale census of archivists. The details for each session are below: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT on Thursday, August 5 Conversation Lounge: Research and Innovation @ SAA: A*CENSUS II SAA has received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conduct a major research initiative: the second large-scale census of archivists. A lot has changed…
Past Event
August 2, 2021

Dylan Ruediger and Colette E. Johnson at the 2021 Humanities Without Walls Workshop

On August 2, Colette Johnson and Dylan Ruediger will present at the 2021 Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Workshop to talk about their work at Ithaka S+R with grad students in the humanities. For more information, please visit the workshop website.
Blog Post
June 28, 2021

Evaluating Success in the Midst of a Protracted Pandemic

Four Guiding Principles

There was a “before” and there will be an “after,” but how do we evaluate success while at our current locus—somewhere in the nebulous middle of a prolonged pandemic?  More than a year into the pandemic, many evaluations are being conducted using measures of success that were established in a radically different context. The environment has shifted, and the goals and definitions of success for items under evaluation—everything…
Past Event
May 17, 2021

Christine Wolff-Eisenberg at 2021 LYRASIS Member Summit

On May 17th, Christine Wolff-Eisenberg will present on recent survey findings from the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2020 and will discuss the launch of an anti-racism audit focused on personnel outcomes, perspectives, practices, and policies with University of Delaware and Binghamton University. For more information, please visit this site.  Abstract: Racial Justice and Academic Libraries: Leadership for a Way Forward with Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Manager, Surveys and Research, ITHAKA; Trevor A. Dawes, Vice Provost for the Libraries and Museums…
Past Event
May 10, 2021

Oya Y. Rieger at 2021 Medical Library Association Conference

Oya Y. Rieger will present on “Structural Models and Emerging Priorities in Academic Health Sciences Libraries” at the Medical Library Association Conference. For additional information, please review abstract below. For more information on the session, please visit this website.    Abstract Objectives: 1) Understanding the potential impact of mergers and other organizational changes on the academic health sciences library services, staff, and user communities. 2) Discussing the priority service areas of academic health science libraries, including research support,…
Blog Post
April 15, 2021

Three Questions for Kara Bledsoe

On April 1, Kara Bledsoe joined Ithaka S+R’s Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums team. In this interview, she reflects on what brought her to Ithaka S+R and what she hopes to accomplish through her work with us. What attracted you to Ithaka S+R? My background is in management consulting for cultural organizations. I drafted strategic plans, facilitated visioning workshops, and evaluated clients’ operations to help them optimize the balance between market forces and their missions. Most of the research…
Blog Post
April 5, 2021

Three Considerations for Inclusively and Responsibly Analyzing and Reporting on Demographics

Over the last several months, we’ve shared Ithaka S+R strategies for ensuring inclusivity in writing and selecting demographic questions—key steps in the early stages of the data collection planning process. But inclusivity concerns don’t stop once data collection has begun, but continue when a survey is put into the field, an interview is conducted, or administrative data collection is facilitated.  Ensuring proper care in collecting and…
Issue Brief
March 31, 2021

The Disproportionate Impact of the Pandemic on Women and Caregivers in Academia

Evidence is mounting that women in academia have disproportionately been affected by the pandemic. Recent research points to new gender gaps in productivity and publishing, with fewer women publishing articles and manuscripts. And in addition to these professional challenges, women in academia are also facing unique personal challenges during the pandemic, including balancing childcare and home responsibilities while working towards achieving tenure in an academic pipeline where it is already challenging for women to succeed.
Research Report
March 17, 2021

National Movements for Racial Justice and Academic Library Leadership

Results from the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2020

Academic librarians, like so many others in the higher education and library sectors, have discussed equity, diversity, and inclusion for many years. A number of prominent initiatives have worked to address these issues across the profession and within individual institutions. Yet, libraries have struggled to make progress on these stated values, especially in meeting their goals of employee diversification. The organizing led by Black Lives Matter activists in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd sparked an increase in demands…
Past Event
February 24, 2021

How to Help Americans Get Back to Work

Martin Kurzweil speaks during Strada Public Viewpoint research webinar

Join Martin Kurzweil and the Strada Center for Education Consumer Insights at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 24 for a Public Viewpoint webinar on “How To Help Americans Get Back to Work.” The webinar will discuss recent findings and implications for skills-based hiring, upskilling, and employer-provided education. For more information, please follow this link.