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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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And Sometime We Play Games
Reflections on "The Publishing Trap”

Our work at Ithaka S+R, such as through surveys of faculty and graduate students and targeted qualitative studies of scholars by discipline, has consistently uncovered scholars’ ambivalence to recent shifts in the scholarly communications landscape. While disciplinary publishing cultures vary, many of the ambivalences scholars report are held in common. For example, scholars in many fields struggle with choices around publishing in open access journals and making information available in…

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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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Putting the Red Light, Green Light Model Into Practice

Last week, ASERL’s John Burger facilitated a webinar about licensing scholarly content. I provided an overview of the “Red Light, Green Light” model for internal library alignment that I proposed earlier this year. John Ulmschneider of Virginia Commonwealth University reflected on some the challenges that research libraries face and endorsed proceeding with a model of increasing alignment. Participants discussed the strengths of the Red Light, Green Light model and some…

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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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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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Red Light, Green Light
Aligning the Library to Support Licensing

There is widespread frustration within the academic library community with the seemingly uncontrollable price increases of e-resources, especially of licensed bundles of scholarly journals. The scholarly communications movement has vastly expanded academic and indeed public access to scholarly content. Yet prices for certain scholarly resources continue to outpace budget increases, and librarians do not feel in control of budgets and …


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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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Strategies Driving the Evolution of Academic Libraries
ASERL Webinar Features Christine Wolff-Eisenberg

Christine Wolff-Eisenberg  will present on "Strategies Driving the Evolution of Academic Libraries: Findings from Ithaka’s US Library Survey 2016," at an Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) webinar on July 12 at 2:00 pm (EDT). To register for this free webinar, please visit ASERL's website. About the webinar: What kinds of strategies are library leaders across the United States pursuing in support of research, teaching, and learning? What investments are…