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September 04, 2014

Apply Now for Sustaining Digital Resources: A Course for Digital Project Leaders

We knew we needed to do sustainability planning, but weren’t sure how to get up the mountain or even where the trailhead was. This course was central to get us on the path.
—2014 course participant

 
We are pleased to announce that Ithaka S+R will be offering its highly successful course, Sustaining Digital Resources: A Course for Digital Project Leaders, again in 2015. If you are responsible for the future vitality and impact of a digital initiative, we encourage you to apply. The application deadline is October 15, 2014.
 
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September 04, 2014

Nancy L. Maron

August 27, 2014

Faster and Cheaper: Can a Digital-Centric Workflow Transform the Book Review?

Academic authors in the humanities and social sciences often wait three or more years to see the first reviews of their scholarly monographs. Why does it take so long? As Oona Schmid, director of publishing at the American Anthropological Association (AAA), describes in our latest issue brief, it is because book reviewing still relies on a print-centric system. Thanks to funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the AAA is now developing a prototype to completely re-imagine the book review process to make it both "faster and cheaper." With Read More...

August 27, 2014

Oona Schmid

August 14, 2014

Notes from the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle

The Library Assessment Conference took place last week in Seattle, a valuable forum for those gathering and using evidence in support of library management and planning. I attended, with my colleague Alisa Rod, Ithaka S+R's surveys coordinator. The program included a diverse set of presentations on topics from information literacy to space planning. Ithaka S+R's local surveys were also featured in a number of sessions on the program. 
 
Developing the Ithaka S+R Student Survey
Alisa and Heather Gendron, head of Sloane Art Library and Read More...

August 14, 2014

Roger C. Schonfeld

August 14, 2014

The Role of Assessment in Libraries

Last week at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, I gave a talk on "Vision, Alignment, Impediments, Assessment."  As academic libraries face a variety of strategic issues, I argued, they need to consider how to implement evidence-based decision making processes more broadly in their institutions.  There's a significant role for the assessment community in building such processes, and as libraries continue to invest in assessment, they have the opportunity to use data to address their challenges. 
 
I reviewed some of the key strategic Read More...

August 14, 2014
August 11, 2014

Dataset for UK Survey of Academics Available at ICPSR

In 2012, Ithaka S+R partnered with Jisc and Research Libraries UK to conduct the inaugural UK Survey of Academics. The report of findings was published in May 2013, and it is freely available on our website. This project was the first in several steps to internationalize Ithaka S+R's US Faculty Survey. It developed rich findings for the UK higher education sector about discovery, open access, the print to electronic transition, research methods, and other issues of strategic relevance. As with the US Faculty Survey, we plan to run the UK Read More...

August 11, 2014

Roger C. Schonfeld

July 10, 2014

Ithaka S+R Releases Report on Hybrid Classroom Experiments at the University System of Maryland

New York, NY—During the same month that The New York Times declared 2012 the “Year of the MOOC,” Ithaka S+R partnered with the University System of Maryland (USM) to determine the feasibility of using MOOCs in new ways—incorporating MOOCs and other online technologies into undergraduate classrooms.  The results of that study are available today:  Interactive Online Learning on Campus: Testing MOOCs and Other Platforms in Hybrid Formats in the University System of Maryland.
 
Over the course of a year, Ithaka S+R worked with faculty on seven Read More...

July 10, 2014

Rebecca J. Griffiths

June 26, 2014

NISO's Open Discovery Initiative

Today, NISO is releasing the recommended practice for its Open Discovery Initiative. This important initiative is intended to bring greater order to the indexed discovery services that have achieved a market penetration of roughly three-quarters of US academic libraries, according to the most recent Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 (pages 53-54). With such a high share of libraries positioning indexed discovery services as the primary discovery interface for their users, it is essential to address the concerns—both real and perceived—about Read More...

June 26, 2014

Roger C. Schonfeld

June 24, 2014

Participatory Design and the New Data Visualization Lab at the University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is set to open a new data visualization lab with a direct link to the University’s supercomputers. Ithaka S+R provided support in the design phase by collecting information through interviews and workshops and identifying key requirements for the space itself and for the technology to be installed in the space.
 
The Visualization-Innovation-Science-Technology-Application (VISTA) Collaboratory lab will be used in many ways including research in the sciences, engineering and optics as well as the humanities and Read More...

June 24, 2014

Nancy Fried Foster

June 18, 2014

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

Digital Humanities has captured the imagination of many faculty, staff and students in recent years. Experts in the field, from veterans of Digital Humanities Centers to library digitization units, know well the challenges that digital projects can pose, just to keep content and software up to date and relevant. As more scholars experiment with building digital humanities resources, how are their host institutions approaching the challenge of supporting these efforts over time?
 
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June 18, 2014
May 28, 2014

Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries

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 Roger Schonfeld suggest an approach where library leaders start not with the data that are easy to gather, but with the problems they are trying to solve.  What does it take to Read More...

May 28, 2014

Deanna Marcum

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