November 30, 2015

New Report from ITHAKA S+R: Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians

From Summary of a New ITHAKA S+R Report by Jennifer Rutner and Roger C. Schonfeld:

[This report is] the first in a series of studies that reveal the needs of today’s scholars and offer guidance for how research support providers can better serve them.

This study, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a snapshot of a field in transition, and professionals supporting the work of historians will come away from it with a new or more nuanced understanding of historians’ needs. The report also includes a list of actionable recommendations for how to make the work of historians easier or more effective.

We welcome your feedback as we continue to develop this series. We expect to release our next study, Chemists, in early 2013, and are pleased to announce that we are beginning work on Art Historians with funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Getty Foundation. When complete, this group of field-specific studies will yield a broad treatment of how support services providers may adapt strategies, services, and staffing to meet the needs of academics today and into the future.

Direct to Full Text Report (52 pages; PDF)

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