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The Ithaka S+R Local Faculty Survey at Virginia Commonwealth University
Focusing on Strategic Investment

During a time of rapid, evolutionary change at Virginia Commonwealth University, John Ulmschneider, University Librarian, turned to the Ithaka S+R Local Faculty Study in spring 2014 to inform decision-making and strategic planning for the VCU Libraries. VCU had recently developed a new university-wide strategic plan and the Libraries were focused on working within this framework to understand and support faculty and their research. As Ulmschneider explained, “We needed good data to help…

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Upcoming Webinar: Understanding the Needs of Your STEM and Health Sciences Faculty and Students

Ithaka S+R’s local surveys are designed to help libraries gather evidence about their faculty and students to better understand the impact of the emerging digital landscape on research, teaching, and learning outcomes. Interested in learning more? Please join Roger Schonfeld and Alisa Rod on April 23 for a webinar about our surveys program. Understanding the needs of your STEM and health sciences faculty and students Thursday, April 23, 1:00–2:00 p.m.…


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Understanding the Needs of Your STEM and Health Sciences Faculty and Students

How do your STEM and health sciences faculty and students approach their research? Are you meeting their information needs? Ithaka S+R’s local surveys program helps libraries answer questions such as these. Recently, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ithaka S+R has developed new modules of our local student and faculty surveys that focus on the research practices of…


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Serving Graduate Students

Graduate and professional students are among the heaviest users of academic libraries, driven by original research and various types of extensive literature reviews. Faculty members have traditionally had their interests represented through various types of library advisory committees, and in recent years libraries have turned significant attention to undergraduate student success. In many universities, of the library’s major stakeholder groups, graduate students are least well understood and, in these cases,…

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