Library Leaders on Library Directions
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 06:39AM
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The folks at ". . . ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways," through Ithaka S+R, its strategic consulting and research service, have published a report about what's on the minds of academic library directors. 

From the report's preface (emphasis mine): 

Today’s academic libraries are experiencing broad challenges and opportunities alike. Local print collections are losing primacy as remotely accessed online resources increase in importance, new discovery services have changed the library’s role as a gateway, and the introduction of computational research methods has yielded demand for innovative and customized services and relationships. Academic libraries’ parent organizations, the colleges and universities, are grappling with their roles and responsibilities as online and hybrid pedagogies continue to develop and cost-of-education sensitivity yields growing scrutiny about the outcomes of their educational offerings. Amid these environmental changes, library leaders are being called upon to assert the value of their organizations while developing services and strategies that will offer sustained value. Against this backdrop, Ithaka S+R’s US Library Survey tracks the strategic direction and leadership dynamics of academic library leaders. Our purposes are to understand the strategies they are pursuing and the opportunities and constraints that they face, and also to compare their attitudes on key services against those of other campus stakeholders such as faculty members. In the previous 2010 survey cycle, we examined strategy, collecting, and services. For the 2013 survey, we worked with an advisory board that included librarians, a consortial leader, and a university leader to further develop the questionnaire, retaining key issues from 2010 while introducing a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.

The report includes a three-page Executive Summary that captures findings around vision and strategy, organizational leadership and constraints, collections and formats, budget and staff, and undergraduates and information literacy. The full report (60 pages) is available here: Download Report.

 

Update on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 06:57AM by Registered Commenterwilliamgarrity

Library Journal about the report (click image for full article) -- 

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