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Supporting Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholars

This Fall Ithaka S+R is launching a new project to explore the research support needs of Civil and Environmental Engineering scholars. Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses on the built and natural environment, including the design and maintenance of infrastructure and buildings and stewardship of natural resources. Our project seeks to develop a holistic understanding of these scholars’ information needs by attending to the full life cycle of their information activities,…

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Community College Library Support for Student Success
Ithaka S+R and Northern Virginia Community College Launch New Research Project

Ithaka S+R regularly and extensively studies the perspectives, practices, and needs of faculty and students at four year colleges and universities to inform future roles for the academic library. Today, we are excited to announce that we will be expanding this work over the next 18 months to partner with seven community colleges in assessing and improving library support of student success within a community college context. We are grateful…

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Walking in Their Shoes: A Student-Centred Approach to Academic Practice
Danielle Cooper at Trinity College Dublin

Danielle Cooper is leading the inaugural user experience seminar at Trinity College Library on Thursday, September 14. This event is open to Trinity College students and staff, who may register through Eventbrite. Seminar description From the time they receive their research assignment to the time they submit their final work, not much is known about how students actually research. Are they researching alone or in groups and how and where does…


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The Center for Open Science, Alternative to Elsevier, Announces New Preprint Services Today

The past year has been a momentous period for preprint-driven open access. Elsevier has made two major acquisitions, of SSRN with its edited research networks and of bepress with its Digital Commons institutional repository service. Springer Nature sibling Digital Science has worked to develop its presence too, expanding figshare as not just a data repository but as a full institutional solution and more recently improving its support for preprints. As…

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The Academic Library's Role in a Time of Educational Transformation

Roger Schonfeld will present "The Academic Library's Role in a Time of Educational Transformation" at the New York Library Association (NYLA) Conference in Saratoga Springs on Friday, November 10, at 11:00 am. Methodological and technological changes will continue to impact research practices across disciplines. The library’s academic support role is evolving no less. In this talk, Roger will explore how libraries serve the changing needs of students, instructors, researchers, and…


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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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Rethinking Liaison Programs for the Humanities

For generations, most research libraries have had employees with deep subject expertise. Once known as bibliographers, these scholars and librarians originally focused their efforts on selection for collection building. Today, there is real anxiety about the role of subject expertise and academic liaisons in research libraries. We argue that evidence about scholars’ practices and needs should be a key input …


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Don’t File It Away: Creating Actionable Survey Results

You’ve developed a thoughtful questionnaire, gathered responses, generated meaningful, insightful findings, and now want to share these results to more widely inform decision-making. How do you ensure that these findings are communicated effectively to the right individuals? In spring 2016, Penn State University fielded the Ithaka S+R Undergraduate Student Survey and faced the challenging task of communicating findings from the survey, which covered perspectives from 2,000+ students using 37 libraries…

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Danielle Cooper Shares Findings from the Agriculture Study with USAIN Members

On July 12, at 1:00 pm (EDT), Danielle Cooper will share findings from Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Agriculture Scholars with members of the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) through a webinar. USAIN was one of the sponsors of this research support services project into the needs and practices of agriculture faculty.


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Agricultural Research, Data Management, Funder Mandates: Where Do We Go From Here?

The latest Ithaka S+R report on agriculture scholars summarizes the diverse research being undertaken in across the agricultural sciences and suggests some ways forward for the agricultural information community. One key theme in the report focuses on the work undertaken by researchers in the agricultural sciences around data management. The breadth of the field is reflected in the variety of methods and data generated by scholars, ranging from genetics to…

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