Workshops

Ithaka S+R’s workshops are offered at major library and publisher conferences. We can also tailor these for your institution.

Evidence-Based Decision Making Workshops

Collecting and Collections: Monographs

Now that digital versions of monographs and other books are increasingly available, will libraries cease collecting print and undertake large-scale de-accessioning of existing print collections?

This workshop is designed to help academic and research libraries incorporate evidence – including community practices, costs, values, and political dynamics – into their collection management decision making.

Related Publication: Stop The Presses: Is the Monograph Headed Towards an E-Only Future?

Defining a Discovery Role for Your Library

Discovery is a core library activity that has changed dramatically in recent years. It is a good moment for libraries to take stock of their accomplishments and to ensure that wise investments are being made in support of a realistic vision for the library’s changing role.

This workshop will focus on how to gather and incorporate evidence to make decisions about the library’s role in discovery, and how to strategize next steps.

Related Publication: Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality

Designing User-Centered Survey Questions for Strategic Assessment

Ideally, surveys yield actionable evidence for strategic decision making. But poorly worded or confusing questions can severely limit their impact. In this workshop, we cover the best-practices for designing survey questions and how to select survey instruments to understand users’ research practices, needs, and library-related attitudes.


Dismantling the Stumbling Blocks that Impede Researchers’ Access to E-Resources

Academic and research libraries typically allocate the vast majority of their materials budgets to licensed e-resources. As usage has shifted toward these digital collections, researchers’ expectations for accessing them are being set not by improvements relative to the past but rather by reference to consumer internet services. Instead of the rich and seamless digital library for scholarship that they need, researchers today encounter archipelagos of content bridged by infrastructure that is insufficient and often outdated.

This workshop will help academic and research librarians consider steps they can take to improve access to licensed e-resources for their user communities.

Related Publication: Meeting Researchers Where They Start: Streamlining Access to Scholarly Resources

Space Planning

Physical space, often at the heart of a campus, is one of the greatest assets of many academic and research libraries. The regular reexamination of how spaces are utilized provides an important opportunity for library leaders to improve support for research,

teaching, and learning, while extending and enhancing community relationships.

This workshop is designed to help library leaders gather and interpret evidence to improve their space design and renovation processes.

Related Publication: Designing a New Academic Library from Scratch

Supporting the Research Practices of Laboratory Scientists

Academic and research libraries typically achieve lower levels of engagement from physical and biological scientists than they do from other campus researcher populations. Given the vast share of the collections budget devoted to their needs, this disconnect has worrisome strategic implications.

In this workshop, we help librarians reconsider their role in developing services and licensing materials to support laboratory scientists, with the objective of driving stronger engagement with this population.

Business modelling for digital resources and library services

Introduction to Business Planning for Your Library

In this workshop participants learn what it takes to keep a digital resource or library service vibrant and relevant post launch or post grant funding. This involves defining a large impact goal for the resource—what do you want it to achieve?—and determining the activities needed to meet those goals. In brief, this workshop lays out both the need to plan for the future of your resource or service and how to determine what is involved.

Related Publication: A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources

Finding and Keeping an Audience in a Competitive Environment

While many of the resources and services libraries create are freely available, they still compete for the time and attention of your users. Through this workshop, we help you articulate your value proposition, define your primary audience and potential secondary audiences, and determine which other resources might be serving the needs of your audience now.


Marketing Your Digital Resources and Sites

Too often, libraries create digital resources and new services only to see them languish with little use. This workshop provides you with the tools to drive discovery of your resource and create an ongoing outreach strategy. We will also introduce you to modern practices in optimizing a site for discoverability.


Managing a Portfolio of Digital Resources

As digital projects proliferate, libraries need to make decisions about where to allocate their resources. When should you continue to invest in a project, and what’s your exit strategy if it’s no longer feasible? How do you select new projects to work on? Does your library have a clear inventory of all of its digital resources? This workshop will help you develop a strategy for your continued investment in the maintenance and creation of digital resources.

Related Publication: Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase