Tag Archives: Ithaka S+R

National study examines how book acquisitions at academic libraries have evolved

(29 January 2019) With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ithaka S+R undertook a national study to examine the extent to which academic libraries were purchasing books through Amazon. Along the way, the study grew to encompass a number of other questions, such as how print and e-book expenditures have changed over time, how libraries spend to […]


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A New issue brief on revenue-generating library services

(24 January 2019) Academic libraries are grappling with how to respond to the continuing introduction of increasingly more business-like approaches to the academy, such as through the popularity of “responsibility center” approaches to management, and “customer” or “client”-focused approaches to service. For example, while some embrace the concept of “entrepreneurial librarianship” others are taking an anti-capitalist […]


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Collectively supporting faculty in New Zealand

(28 November 2018) 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 […]


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Strengthening Library Education: New report from IMLS

(5 July 2018)  Christine Wolff-Eisenberg writes that last November, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) convened experts to explore how to strengthen the formal education component of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program to best support library and information science programs to meet the needs of students and libraries while increasing […]


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The limits of area studies: studying scholars of Asia

(21 June 2018) 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 marks the release of the project’s capstone report, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars, which provides actionable findings for organizations, […]


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Why Libraries Collaborate

Findings from the US Library Survey 2016 (19 April 2017) While academic libraries in the United States have actively collaborated with each other for more than 100 years, the digital turn has brought an explosion of interest in and pursuit of cross-institutional collaboration. These include large-scale digital access and preservation initiatives like HathiTrust, print preservation […]


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OCLC Research and Ithaka S+R join forces on new research project

(10 April 2017) OCLC Research and Ithaka S+R have studied and written extensively about the evolution of higher education and the implications of this evolution for the organizational structure and services of libraries. Today, we are announcing a new project, “University Futures; Library Futures”, in which OCLC Research and Ithaka S+R are joining forces to […]


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How should we organize the academic library? The View from the director’s chair

(18 August 2016)  Roger C. Schonfeld writes in the Ithaka blog that in a new research project, which is published today, he interviewed nearly 20 library leaders to understand the approaches being taken to organizational structure and related issues. They describe how they have re-defined leadership roles in their institutions and the ways in which […]


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Increasing numbers of UK academics now utilise university online capabilities

UK wide survey examines the attitudes of practitioners within higher education and cites the growing importance of online libraries to academics (15 June 2016) The 2015 survey of academics, jointly commissioned by Jisc and RLUK and conducted by research organisation Ithaka S+R, was launched today and has revealed a substantial increase in the way academics […]


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Imagining the future of the library by studying today’s researchers: Lessons from Cornell

(8 March 2016) Is the library of the future something that will come into view once we crest the next hill? Or will the library of the future be what we make it, based on the best evidence we can collect on current, emerging, and anticipated practices of researchers and the needs of the research […]


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New issue brief by Neil Rambo explores research data management

(23 October 2015) Neil Rambo, director of the Health Sciences Library at NYU Langone Medical Center, describes the development of data management services at his library for the Ithaka  issue brief series. Research Data Management: Roles for Libraries is his account of how NYU’s Health Sciences Library established this relatively new service and the challenges […]


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Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase

(18 June 2014)  Ithaka S+R has just published Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host-Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase, undertaken with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The final report explores the question of sustainability from the institutional point of view: while many libraries and digital humanities centers think deeply about supporting digital […]


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Driving With Data: a roadmap for evidence-based decision making in academic libraries

(28 May 2014) COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, service assessments, peer benchmarking—librarians have been gathering different types of data for some time,  using data to measure the usage of their resources, the quality of their services, and how they stack up against similar institutions.  But could library leaders collect data differently? In this Issue Brief Deanna Marcum and […]


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UK survey of academics spotlights researchers’ reliance on open access

(16 May 2013) A major survey of UK Academics released today examines the attitudes of researchers and practitioners working within higher education. It sheds light on their behaviours, including their reliance on digital technologies, the internet and open access. The survey of academics, funded and guided by Jisc and RLUK and conducted on their behalf […]


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