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Creating a Learning Higher Education Community

Every human undergoes a unique, life-long process of learning. Mostly, this process is informal, even accidental. Occasionally we choose to enter more structured learning environments – classrooms and seminars, schools and colleges – intentionally designed by more experienced individuals to foster, evaluate, and represent our progress. All of these experiences, from coincidental encounters to bureaucratized degree programs, make us who …


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Evidence-Based Planning & Decision-Making in Academic Libraries
A Workshop for AMICAL Members

On January 22-23, Nancy Fried Foster and Roger Schonfeld are conducting a workshop hosted by John Cabot University in Rome for members of the AMICAL Consortium. The workshop is limited to 14 participants. Like other academic libraries, AMICAL libraries face budget limitations and cutbacks while also managing shifts in teaching, learning, and communication technologies. In such an environment, it is risky and potentially costly to base plans and decisions on assumptions or…


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Ithaka S+R at ALA Annual in Las Vegas

Roger Schonfeld and Alisa Rod will be speaking at several events at the ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Friday, June 27, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Roger Schonfeld will deliver the keynote address on "Library Transformations: The Views of Academic Library Leaders" at ProQuest Day: "Transforming Libraries, Transforming Research." What vision do America's academic library leaders have for their institutions? How would they allocate their budgets if more funds were made available…


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

Roger Schonfeld is offering the workshop "Dismantling the Stumbling Blocks that Impede Researchers’ Access to E-Resources" at the Charleston Conference on November 4, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Registration is now open through the Charleston Conference. Please note that participants in the local surveys program and Ithaka S+R's consulting clients receive a discounted rate to attend. Please email Kimberly Lutz at kimberly.lutz@ithaka.org to receive the code. Academic and research…


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Using Evidence in the Design of Academic Library Spaces

For decades and even centuries, a new academic library could be built just like any other—on the same architectural plans and with the same scholarly accommodations in mind. But today this is no longer possible. Recent years have brought dramatic changes to academic work practices such as reading, writing, and communication. The means, speed, and extent of scholarly collaboration have also undergone tremendous development. The traditional library model that has…

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Upcoming Evidence-Based Decision-Making Workshops

Ithaka S+R offers a program of workshops to support libraries that wish to make evidence-based decisions on some of the biggest issues they face. These workshops support libraries in structuring strong decision-making processes that incorporate a diverse base of evidence, including survey findings, qualitative research, usage data, budget information, and other evidence. In the coming months, we are offering these in New York City, Chicago during ALA Midwinter, and Portland,…

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

In the age of the ubiquitous single search box, what role do libraries play in the discovery of scholarly resources? In this Issue Brief, Roger Schonfeld explores how the vision that the library should be the starting point for research—a vision many library directors hold—is often in conflict with the practices of faculty and students.  As users migrate to other starting points, librarians could invest in ways to bring them back.…

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The Role of Assessment in Libraries

Last week at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, I gave a talk on “Vision, Alignment, Impediments, Assessment.”  As academic libraries face a variety of strategic issues, I argued, they need to consider how to implement evidence-based decision making processes more broadly in their institutions.  There’s a significant role for the assessment community in building such processes, and as libraries continue to invest in assessment, they have the opportunity to…

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Driving With Data
A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries

COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, service assessments, peer benchmarking—librarians have been gathering different types of data for some time,  using data to measure the usage of their resources, the quality of their services, and how they stack up against similar institutions.  But could library leaders collect data differently? In this Issue Brief Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld suggest an approach where library leaders start not with the data that are easy to gather, but…

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Driving With Data
A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries

COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, service assessments, peer benchmarking—librarians have been gathering different types of data for some time, using data to measure the usage of their resources, the quality of their services, and how they stack up against similar institutions.  But could library leaders collect data differently? In this Issue Brief Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld suggest an approach where library leaders start…