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Making Strides towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Examples from Four Art Museums

Over the past three years, Ithaka S+R has conducted three wide-scale analyses of employee diversity in cultural organizations. These have included academic research libraries, the cultural sector in New York City, and American art museums. In all three studies, a common picture has emerged: staff in professional–and especially leadership–roles are more predominately white than is the population more broadly. But, as we found in the analysis of American art museums, there are outliers—organizations that have made significant strides in diversifying staff in curatorial, education, conservation, and leadership positions. Today, in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Association…


Essential Transformations

The academic library is transforming. This diagram illustrates some of what I see as its most essential transformations. Libraries are transforming in terms of their collections – towards electronic collections, towards shared collections, towards open access, and towards distinctive holdings. Complexities abound for discovery, access, processing, and preservation. And libraries are also transforming beyond collections, towards a partnership with scholars and students in support of research, teaching, and learning workflows. This is the most important strategic shift. To achieve this shift, the nature of the librarian role is transforming, beyond a selector or provider and towards an enabler and a…


Research Infrastructure and the Strategic Decisions of Universities

For the past several years, I have been writing about the turn to research workflow tools. These tools reach deeply into the laboratory and are increasingly important to scientists and other scholars, and they impact the university research office and scholarly communications programs. Scholars need seamless end-to-end research solutions. Major publishers are making substantial investments in this area as they seek to pivot their businesses beyond content licensing. The strategic choices that universities make today will determine whether they are able to realize the economic & technical advantages in shared infrastructure that scales across institutional boundaries — or whether they…


What is Researcher Workflow?

Over the past two years, I have been urging that academic information professionals, including librarians and publishers, give greater attention to how they might support a growing share of the researcher workflow. But what is researcher workflow? The researcher workflow can be defined in a number of ways. For laboratory scientists, it includes research design and funding, moves through data collection and analysis, and takes them to assessment and showcasing. This very rough schematic offers a basic illustration of a certain researcher workflow: Scholars and in particular the laboratory scientists who work as teams can increase their effectiveness using platforms…


Putting the Red Light, Green Light Model Into Practice

Last week, ASERL’s John Burger facilitated a webinar about licensing scholarly content. I provided an overview of the “Red Light, Green Light” model for internal library alignment that I proposed earlier this year. John Ulmschneider of Virginia Commonwealth University reflected on some the challenges that research libraries face and endorsed proceeding with a model of increasing alignment. Participants discussed the strengths of the Red Light, Green Light model and some of the ways that it can be strengthened as they look to adopt it. I am thrilled at the prospect that research libraries will find ways to achieve greater alignment…