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Taking a Closer Look at College and University Endowments: New Report

A new report from Sandy Baum, Cappy Hill, and myself, out today, provides an overview of college and university endowments. We seek to inform the public policy debate by exploring how endowments are structured and used, and discussing the extent to which the favorable tax policy for higher education institutions serves the public interest. We find that the distribution of endowment assets is highly skewed across institutions. The median endowment…

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College and University Endowments
In the Public Interest?

The fact that a handful of colleges and universities control billions of dollars in endowment funds has captured the attention of Congress and the public. Is it in the public interest for these institutions to continue to receive the full exemption from income taxation for the donations to and income from endowments?[1] The passage of the recent federal …


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Roger Schonfeld Moderates "Big Deal" Panel
An SSP/ Scholarly Kitchen Webinar

On Tuesday, March 13, at noon, Roger Schonfeld is moderating "The Future of the Big Deal: No Deal, or an Even Bigger Deal?" This Society of Scholarly Publishing webinar, hosted by The Scholarly Kitchen, includes Rick Anderson, associate dean for collections & scholarly communications at the University of Utah Library, Jean P. Shipman, vice president of global library relations and global strategic networks at Elsevier, and Liam Earney, director of Jisc…


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Research Infrastructure and the Strategic Decisions of Universities

For the past several years, I have been writing about the turn to research workflow tools. These tools reach deeply into the laboratory and are increasingly important to scientists and other scholars, and they impact the university research office and scholarly communications programs. Scholars need seamless end-to-end research solutions. Major publishers are making substantial investments in this area as they seek to pivot their businesses beyond content licensing. The strategic…

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Big Deal
Should Universities Outsource More Core Research Infrastructure?

Research universities have developed in symbiosis with a robust set of commercial providers that serve their needs. From food service providers to run dining halls to private equity firms to manage parts of the endowment, outsourcing has allowed universities to remain more focused on their core educational and research functions. But universities have also at times elected to outsource academic …


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Initial Results from the ASERL Salary Survey
Katherine Daniel and Roger Schonfeld at the ASERL Fall Meeting

On Thursday, November 30, from 9:45 - 10:45 am, Katherine Daniel and Roger Schonfeld will present the initial results of the ASERL salary survey at the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Fall 2017 Meeting in Miami, Florida. For more information about the salary survey, please see Bonnie MacEwan's blog post: "Why We Need a Salary Survey: The View from Auburn University." The program for the meeting is available on ASERL's…


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Why We Need a Salary Survey
The View from Auburn University

Like many academic libraries, Auburn University participated in the 2016 Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion survey conducted by Ithaka S+R with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Due to particular circumstances, I ended up being the lead person to gather and compile the data for my library, rather than our Library HR manager.  It consumed a few hours of a dean’s time, but provided me a front seat to interact with…

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Brainstorming How ASERL Members Can Test a New Licensing Model
Webinar with Roger Schonfeld

On October 13, at 2:00 pm, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) is hosting a webinar with Roger Schonfeld  and John Ulmschneider (Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries) to discuss, "Red Light, Green Light: Brainstorming how ASERL members can test a new licensing model." The interactive webinar is open to ASERL members In a recent issue brief, Roger Schonfeld proffered a draft model for ways research libraries could design and undertake…


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Open Educational Resources
Sharing Lessons Learned from K-12 Education

Open educational resources (OERs), which are licensed as freely available for people to use and repurpose, have become a driving force as the education sector looks to reduce costs. OERs are associated with numerous benefits for students, including savings of an average of $128 per course, higher course grades, and greater likelihood of course completion. As a recent Ithaka S+R case study highlighted, the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC)…

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University Libraries Are Putting the Student First
Perspective from US Library Leaders

Last week’s article in The Guardian from Alterline’s Ben Hickman, entitled “University libraries need to start putting the student first,” proposed that university libraries need to put evidence on student needs and practices at the heart of their decision-making. The author included a number of suggested areas for improvement – for example, the provision of ample space, friendly engagement with librarians and library staff, and accessible resources. As UK higher…

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