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Supporting Research Across Asian Studies: Findings from a Large-Scale Qualitative Study
Danielle Cooper at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference

On Sunday, March 25, from 8:30 -10:30 am, Danielle Cooper is taking part in a roundtable discussion at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Washington DC. For more information about the conference and to register, please visit the association's website. At the conference, Danielle will report on findings from the Asian Studies Research Support Services project. The full report will be published in Spring, 2018.


From the conference program:

The roundtable discussion shares findings from a uniquely large-scale collaborative study on Asian Studies scholars’ research practices. Research teams at eleven U.S. universities conducted qualitative interviews with 168 faculty members affiliated with Asian Studies at their institutions, attending especially to how research activities and needs vary by scholars’ geographic areas of study and their methodological approaches. Ithaka S+R coordinated the study, and, conducted a cross-institutional analysis of the data. Ithaka S+R’s findings are complemented by institution-specific analysis conducted by the participating universities.

The findings articulate the research activities and needs of Asian Studies scholars towards improving and re-imagining how research service providers such as archives, libraries, scholarly societies and publishers, among others, can best support scholars in the field. In doing so, the study concurrently contributes to the fields of Asian Studies and Library and Information Studies (LIS). Mapping current research practices in Asian Studies provides a framework for articulating how the field is evolving and how to best the support field as it continues to change. By examining the activities of a previously un-examined group in the literature on information seeking, the study also provides a deeper understanding of how academic research practices vary by discipline and how to more effectively designing research support services for scholars in those fields accordingly.

Roundtable panelists will each present for 7 minutes on findings that focus on how scholars’ research activities and support needs vary by geographic region of study. The presentations will be followed by a 15 minute Q & A session, in which representatives from other participating institutions will join to share their insights.