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November 25, 2014

Shaking It Up!

Yesterday, I attended a symposium sponsored by Digital Science, Harvard, Microsoft, and MIT, called “Shaking It Up: How to thrive in – and change – the research ecosystem.” I made the trip to attend this event in person because I am focusing some attention on serving the sciences right now, and the sessions featured a remarkable array of mostly new initiatives in support of scientific research and scholarly communication. 
 
The opening keynote featured an appropriately pointed but ultimately inspirational talk by CrossRef’s Geoffrey Bilder, Read More...

November 25, 2014

Roger C. Schonfeld

November 20, 2014

The Spaces Between—Notes from the Charleston Conference

At the Charleston Conference, Ithaka S+R hosted a session on “The Spaces Between,” which was intended to explore our communities’ needs for research that fall between the traditional boundaries of library, publisher, and vendor. As I mentioned in my opening remarks, these spaces can prove themselves to be cracks into which important issues fall unnoticed, or opportunities to build connections between communities with ultimately many shared interests.
 
Our panel consisted of Joe Esposito, an independent publishing consultant, Susan Stearns, Read More...

November 20, 2014

Deanna Marcum

November 20, 2014

Upcoming Evidence-Based Decision-Making Workshops

Ithaka S+R offers a program of workshops to support libraries that wish to make evidence-based decisions on some of the biggest issues they face. These workshops support libraries in structuring strong decision-making processes that incorporate a diverse base of evidence, including survey findings, qualitative research, usage data, budget information, and other evidence. In the coming months, we are offering these in New York City, Chicago during ALA Midwinter, and Portland, Oregon before the ACRL conference. Follow the links below for more Read More...

November 20, 2014
November 18, 2014

Studying Sales/Acquisitions Channels

Last week, Joseph Esposito announced on The Scholarly Kitchen a new research project in partnership with Ithaka S+R to study changing channels through which publishers sell to libraries and libraries acquire from publishers. We believe that the mechanisms for book sales/acquisitions are changing to some degree, especially at smaller libraries, with real implications both for the print and digital marketplace. We are thrilled to be launching this project in partnership with Joe, and grateful to the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Read More...

November 18, 2014

Roger C. Schonfeld

November 16, 2014

The Meaning of Collections: Ownership, Access, and the Scholarly Ecosystem

A couple of weeks ago, while attending the Harvard Library Visiting Committee meeting, I participated in an amazing discussion of collection development strategies. I heard Harvard librarians saying that Harvard can no longer collect everything, indeed, shouldn't collect everything, and needed to build strong collaborative relationships so that Harvard scholars and students would be able to find the resources they need to do their work. This view—access is more important than ownership—is not new among other academic and research libraries, Read More...

November 16, 2014

Deanna Marcum

November 13, 2014

Information Literacy and Research Practices

Yesterday, ACRL released the third draft of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and called upon the community to provide additional feedback. 
 
Against this backdrop, our latest issue brief is particularly timely. In "Information Literacy and Research Practices," Nancy Fried Foster, Ithaka S+R's senior anthropologist, demonstrates how "researchers in the wild" are adhering to many of the goals described in the draft Framework. While recognizing that the move away from the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Read More...

November 13, 2014

Nancy Fried Foster

October 29, 2014

Notes on Columbia's Book History Colloquium

Yesterday, I attended Columbia University's Book History Colloquium, which is sponsored by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where Andrew Stauffer, associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, spoke about “Traces in the Stacks: 19th-Century Book Use and the Future of Library Collections.” Observing the trend in academic and research libraries towards moving tangible collections offsite, and sometimes de-accessioning them, in favor of digital versions, Stauffer is concerned about the implications for scholarship.
 
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October 29, 2014

Roger C. Schonfeld

October 13, 2014

Technology: Its Potential Impact on the National Need to Improve Educational Outcomes and Control Costs

On Monday, October 13, 2014, William G. Bowen delivered the opening address at Rice University's De Lange Conference, "Technology: Its Potential Impact On The National Need To Improve Educational Outcomes And Control Costs." We are pleased to publish it here as an Ithaka S+R issue brief. Bowen, who is president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and also president emeritus of Princeton University, was the founding chairman of JSTOR/ITHAKA and continues to serve on ITHAKA's board.
 
The paper explores the extent to which higher Read More...

October 13, 2014

William G. Bowen

October 10, 2014

Notes from the ARL Fall Forum

The future of the monograph is of great interest to many humanists, scholarly publishers, and academic librarians. Last year, I wrote an issue brief, Stop the Presses: Is the monograph headed toward an e-only future?, that suggested the monograph's digital future would prove to be much more complicated than what has been experienced thus far for journals. Yesterday, ARL’s fall forum, provocatively titled Wanted Dead or Alive – The Scholarly Monograph, served to confirm that the possible transition from print to digital format may in fact be an Read More...

October 10, 2014

Roger C. Schonfeld

October 01, 2014

Discovery and the Library's Role

Last week, my new issue brief on discovery came out. Since its release, there has been some very interesting discussion on the topic. I've tried to bring together some of the commentary from Twitter and blogs here and to suggest some future directions these imply for our community. 
 
A point of departure for the paper is an analysis of library directors' responses to the strongly worded statement “It is strategically important that my library be seen by its users as the first place they go to discover scholarly content." While I have used the Read More...

October 01, 2014

Roger C. Schonfeld

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