We invite you to join us on March 11, 2014, at 1:00 PM (EST), for a free webinar on the Ithaka S+R 2013 US Library Survey. SAGE, one of the sponsors of the survey, is hosting the 60-minute webinar, which will feature Elisabeth Leonard, Sage's Market Research Analyst, discussing the survey findings with Roger Schonfeld, Ithaka S + R’s Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices. For more information about the webinar and to register, please visit SAGE's blog.
The webinar will coincide with the public release of the survey report on the Ithaka S+R website.
The Library Survey is part of a larger program of survey research carried out by Ithaka S+R including the US Faculty Survey, local surveys of faculty members and students, and planning tools for institutions. The full set of surveys brings together the perspectives of different stakeholder communities in order to give libraries holistic data-gathering and planning resources.
Nancy Fried Foster delivers keynote address at the LAUNCCH Conference in Chapel Hill
Nancy Fried Foster has been invited to give the keynote address on “Designing Academic Libraries for New Ways of Research” at the Library Association of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (LAUNCCH) Conference on March 10, 2014.
Twenty-eight colleges and universities have signed on to administer Ithaka S+R’s Local Faculty Survey since we initiated this service, and librarians are beginning to tell us about the impact of the surveys on their campuses. We recently caught up with Jenica Rogers, Library Director at SUNY Potsdam, who is using the survey results as she drafts her library’s next strategic plan. SUNY Potsdam’s provost also plans to incorporate the data from the survey into her proposal to create a faculty development center for pedagogy and technology. We invite you to read more about the implementation of the survey at SUNY Potsdam and look forward to sharing additional outcomes from the campuses we have worked with.
Roger Schonfeld and Matthew Long present at the College Art Association Annual Conference
Roger Schonfeld and Matthew Long are presenting on “Research Support Services and the Changing Research Habits of Art Historians“ at the College Art Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago. Ithaka S+R has conducted an in-depth study of research practices in art history as part of its larger Research Support Services Program. The goal of this program is to examine the evolving needs of researchers on a field-specific basis in order to best understand how libraries, visual resource centers, publishers, database providers, and other information services providers meet these needs.
Rebecca Griffiths presents on “Mapping the MOOC Landscape: Emerging Business Models and Other Developments” at the Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy.
Rebecca Griffiths will speak on a panel at the Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy, a program hosted jointly by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and the American Council on Education. “Mapping the MOOC Landscape: Emerging Business Models and Other Developments” is part of the Summit’s track on “Innovation, Access, and Affordability: A Strategic Imperative.”
Searching for Sustainability
Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections
Published November 20, 2013
Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, with preface by Deanna Marcum
This report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time. Through a cooperative agreement as part of the National Leadership Grants Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), in partnership with Ithaka S+R, to undertake in-depth case studies of institutions that have worked to build the audience, infrastructure, and funding models necessary to maintain and grow their digital collections.
The eight collections profiled provide useful models and examples of good practice for project leaders to consider when digitizing their own materials. We hope that these case studies will encourage greater discussion among individuals in the academic library and cultural heritage communities about the reasons why they invest so much time and energy in the creation and ongoing management of their digitized special collections, the goals they set for them, and the planning needed to realize those aims. These questions become even more pressing in an environment where the traditional sources of funding for digitization are beginning to wane. In the coming years, the ability to identify secure sources of support and to demonstrate impact over time will undoubtedly become increasingly important.
- American Antiquarian Society (AAS)
- Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), Smithsonian Libraries
- Florida Folklife Collection, Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Service
- Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO), University of California at Santa Cruz
- Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (HEARTH), Cornell University
- Maine Memory Network (MMN), Maine Historical Society
- Quakers and Slavery, Haverford College
- Vanderbilt Television News Archives (VTNA), Vanderbilt University
- Edward Galloway, Head, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh
- Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries
- Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University
- Kim Sajet, President and CEO, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (now Director, National Portrait Gallery)
- Victoria Steele, Director of Collections Strategy, New York Public Library
- Beth Yakel, Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
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Testing MOOCs and Other Online Learning Platforms on Campuses of the University System of Maryland
Published October 28, 2013
Online technologies show promise for educating more people in innovative ways that can lower costs for universities and colleges, but how can higher education leaders move forward, confident in their choices about how best to integrate these technologies on their campuses? With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ithaka S+R is working to help provide the answer.
Since November 2012, Ithaka S+R has been working with the University System of Maryland (USM) to test a variety of online learning technologies, assess student learning outcomes, and document lessons learned from these implementations. The USM is serving as a test bed for employing MOOCs from Coursera, the Open Learning Initiative from Carnegie Mellon, and Pearson in a variety of subject areas on different campuses. Ithaka S+R is carefully assessing how students fare in hybrid courses using these technologies, and documenting obstacles encountered and overcome throughout the tests. Ithaka S+R is also evaluating changes to institutional costs made possible by employing these online learning technologies.
Working together, the project team aims to accelerate the productive deployment of these new learning technologies across higher education institutions by providing evidence from implementation at a system that is a microcosm of US Higher Education. We hope to answer some of the difficult questions facing higher education leaders everywhere, including: What pedagogical and technological choices must be made to incorporate online learning technologies into the education they provide to students? How can leaders effectively take steps to overcome organizational and cultural resistance to change? Can education be made more affordable, particularly at public universities, while achieving the same or better learning outcomes?
The team also hopes to inform the future development of MOOCs so that their courses and platforms help public institutions to reduce costs of undergraduate education, expand capacity, and potentially improve learning outcomes for some types of courses.
*This report has been updated from its original post date, November 8, 2012. An interim report published in October 2013 is freely available now, as is a briefing paper entitled "MOOCs in theClassroom ?". The final report will be released in Spring 2014.
As part of an ongoing grant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ithaka S+R published an interim report on “A Collaborative Effort to Test MOOCs and Other Online Learning Platforms on Campuses of the University System of Maryland.”