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Reflections on “Elsevier Acquires bepress”
Implications for Library Leaders

We are today in the midst of a profound reconfiguration of all sorts of information industries, impacting everything from journalism to entertainment. Libraries and scholarly information providers are not alone. Last week’s news of the bepress acquisition by Elsevier, which I first covered in a business analysis suggesting its strong strategic fit along with some potential risks, took the academic library community by storm. As the dust begins to settle,…

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Advocacy and Assessment: Communicating and Maximizing Library Value

Earlier this year, Ithaka S+R published results from the US Library Survey 2016, which examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. One of the key findings from the study was that library directors are pursuing strategic directions with a decreasing sense of support from their institutions, and a recent study on the perceptions of library value from the perspective of provosts and chief…

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Presentation on the US Library Survey 2016 Findings
Roger Schonfeld at CNI

Roger Schonfeld will present on the key findings of the US Library Survey 2016 at the CNI Spring 2017 Membership Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 3 at 2:45 pm. How are library leaders making investments in the future of their organizations? What kinds of strategies are they pursuing in support of research, teaching, and learning? And what constraints do they recognize as limiting their ability to pursue these strategies? In…


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Leading Innovation: A Seminar for Department Chairs

Department chairs play a critical role in their institutions, helping to make important hiring and budget decisions and increasingly playing a crucial role in innovations around teaching, learning, and technology. Yet, while the department chair is typically the first rung on the ladder to senior leadership in academia, many take on the role without the necessary training or mentorship. The Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership and Ithaka S+R have…


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Finding Funds to Support Student Access and Success
Ithaka S+R’s First Strategy Paper for the American Talent Initiative

There is ample evidence that low- and moderate-income students with the talent to earn admission thrive at top institutions when their financial needs are met, and graduate at higher rates than they do at less competitive schools. Yet, most top-performing colleges and universities consider students’ ability to pay in admissions decisions, at times accepting less talented full-pay students in order to meet revenue targets. For those lower-income applicants who are…

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Publication

Funding Socioeconomic Diversity at High Performing Colleges and Universities

This report is published on behalf of the American Talent Initiative (ATI). ATI is a partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen College Excellence Program, Ithaka S+R, and a growing alliance of top colleges and universities collaborating on a national goal: educating an additional 50,000 low-to-moderate income students by 2025. ATI members are working together to identify the best ways to …


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Shaping a Library by Linking Planning and Budgeting

The Charleston Conference last week featured a plenary address from Jim Neal, Columbia University’s former library director and the ALA president-elect. Jim spoke about his views on the changing nature of libraries and offered a series of “commandments” about how libraries can and should evolve going forward. Among many other observations based on his years of experience in academic research libraries, Jim emphasized his views that strategic planning processes fail…

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The Information Businesses: A Workshop for Library Directors at CNI

The relationship between libraries and content providers is in transition. While the day-to-day negotiations to license digital resources continue, library budgets are tapped out and so is provider revenue growth. Against this backdrop, savvy content providers are striving to reposition themselves in new and adjacent businesses. For academic values to thrive, libraries must engage these emerging information businesses and play an active role in their shaping. In support, Ithaka S+R…


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Join Us at UCLA for Two New Workshops on Supporting Digital Resources and Library Services

  • January 20, 2016

Libraries create remarkable digital resources and launch innovative new services to better meet the changing needs of the communities they serve. For ten years, Ithaka S+R has worked with librarians, as well as leaders in the academic and cultural sectors, to develop models for the ongoing support and success of similar projects. We are pleased to offer two workshops on the UCLA campus to help librarians ensure that the digital initiatives…

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Finding and Keeping an Audience in a Competitive Environment
A Workshop at UCLA

Registration is now open for "Finding and Keeping an Audience in a Competitive Environment." The workshop will take place at the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles, on Monday, March 14 from 9:00 am to noon. Sarah Pickle, assessment librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library, will lead the half-day workshop. While many of the resources and services libraries create are freely available, they still compete for the…