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April 7, 2010

Ithaka Faculty Survey, 2009

Food for Thought...

From Inside Higher Ed:
"Eroding Library Role?"

If libraries do not seriously rethink their role in the lives of researchers, they could come to be seen as resource purchasers more than as research collaborators, according to a report released today by the nonprofit group Ithaka S+R.

As scholars have grown better able to reach needed materials directly online, the library has been increasingly disintermediated from research processes, write the authors of the report, which is based on a national survey of professors administered last year.

The declining visibility and importance of traditional roles for the library and librarian may lead to the faculty primarily perceiving the library as a budget line, rather than an active intellectual partner, they later add.
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See also, from the Chronicle...

"Scholars Increasingly Embrace Some, but Not All, Digital Media"

The more things change, the more they remain the same­ at least when it comes to certain aspects of scholarly behavior, such as what modes of publication researchers prize most.

According to new survey findings, scholars in all disciplines are ever more comfortable using research materials online. In sharing and publishing their research, however, scholars remain most strongly influenced by their disciplines' old models of status, tenure, and promotion.

A report on the findings, "Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies" gives detailed responses from 3,025 scholars at institutions across the country. It focuses on three areas: how faculty members use and perceive their campus libraries; how they are handling the print-to-digital shift in scholarly work; and how much they have or have not changed their professional habits in an increasingly electronic environment. It was prepared for the Ithaka group, a nonprofit organization that promotes technology in higher education, by Roger C. Schonfeld, manager of research at Ithaka's strategy-and-research arm, and Ross Housewright, an analyst there. The new report is the latest installment that presents findings from a survey Ithaka has conducted every three years for the past decade.
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The full Ithaka report: "Faculty Survey 2009"

Posted by Katie Newman at 10:35 AM