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What is Researcher Workflow?

Over the past two years, I have been urging that academic information professionals, including librarians and publishers, give greater attention to how they might support a growing share of the researcher workflow. But what is researcher workflow? The researcher workflow can be defined in a number of ways. For laboratory scientists, it includes research design and funding, moves through data collection and analysis, and takes them to assessment and showcasing.…

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Examining Research and Teaching Practices of New Zealand Faculty Members

Over the next year, Ithaka S+R will partner with the academic libraries in all eight New Zealand universities to explore and deepen understanding of scholars’ research and teaching practices and needs. Ithaka S+R has been examining the attitudes and behaviors of academics nationally in the US and the UK every three years since 2000 and 2012 respectively, and have now partnered with more than 80 colleges and universities to study…

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Discovery in 2017: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Want to Be?
Roger Schonfeld at CNI

Roger Schonfeld will be part of a panel discussion on "Discovery in 2017: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Want to Be?" at the Fall 2017 CNI Meeting in Washington DC on Tuesday, December 12, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. He will be joined by Eric Frierson, EBSCO, William H. Mischo, University of Illinois, and Michael A. Norman, University of Illinois. For more information, see the CNI website. From…


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A New Project on Indigenous Studies Scholars

I would like to begin by acknowledging the Lenape, the traditional caretakers of the land on which Ithaka S+R is located. Today, Manhattan (from the Lenape word Manahatta) is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and beyond. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for Ithaka S+R on this land.[1] Here at Ithaka S+R, we have developed a certain kind of expertise in scholars’…

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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…