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Dispatch from IFLA 2018

I recently presented at the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information congress on the Indigenous Studies project. For the project, Ithaka S+R is working with 12 university libraries to understand the research support needs of Indigenous Studies scholars. The project is endorsed by IFLA’s Indigenous Matters section and I presented alongside section member Camille Callison, who is serving as an advisor on the project. The congress, and IFLA, as an organization, can be very confusing for the uninitiated to navigate. What makes IFLA so confusing is a by-product of its great ambition, to be a truly global library association. In…


Community College Academic Support Ecosystems
Ithaka S+R Launches New Research Project

Thirty-nine percent of all US undergraduate students attend community colleges, with roughly nine million enrolled in public two-year colleges annually. These institutions serve a wide range of students, including underrepresented minorities, veterans, low-income, adult, and first-generation students, as well as underprepared and non-traditional learners. But with only 37.5 percent earning a degree from either a two- or four-year institution within six years of starting, community colleges must do more to ensure that these students meet their educational goals. Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we are embarking on a three-year initiative to help community…


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 the book, composition, literary criticism), comparative literature, and literature in certain languages or geographic regions. Correspondingly, scholars associated with these fields can be found in a variety of departments, including English,…


The Limits of Area Studies: Studying Scholars of Asia

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 we are excited to release the project’s capstone report, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars, which provides actionable findings for organizations, institutions, and professionals who support these research activities.  Our report is complemented by the local findings (see below) that have been made publically available by the collaborating institutions as companion publications.  Research collaborator Lijuan Xu also shares further about her experiences leveraging her results at Lafayette College…


Joining Together to Support Undergraduate Instruction
A New Program from Ithaka S+R

For over five years Ithaka S+R has successfully developed large-scale research projects through our Research Support Services program to study the research support needs of scholars in disciplines including history, art history, chemistry, religious studies, agriculture and public health. We are now launching a companion program to understand the pedagogical support needs of faculty. We are excited to announce that our first project in the series will focus on the field of business and the instruction of undergraduates. Why examine teaching support needs? From our triennial survey of US faculty we know that faculty are increasingly interested in the library…