College Libraries, Redirected is a report by Carl Straumsheim that appeared on the Inside HigherED website offering a brief analysis of the Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016. The survey was just released earlier this week and it “builds on findings from the 2013 edition. It shows many library directors are becoming comfortable with the idea that the library may no longer be the starting point for research, and that they are forging ahead with plans to further boost libraries’ ability to support students and faculty members with their teaching, learning and research.”
Straunsheim notes that “the survey, which is based on responses from 722 library deans and directors at nonprofit four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., provides an overview of the academic library landscape at a time when many libraries are renovating, reorganizing and, broadly speaking, rethinking their priorities.” He then continues by discussing a number of the specific findings and quoting observations by Roger C. Schonfeld, director of Ithaka S+R’s library and scholarly communication program.
Anyone interested in the future of college libraries will want to read Straumsheim’s overview before tackling the full survey.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.