May 20, 2022

Ithaka S+R Launching New Research Project to Examine Organizational Structure of Academic Libraries

From an Blog Post by Roger Schonfeld:

Ithaka S+R is launching a new research project to examine how organizational structure affects the academic library’s capacity for effective decision-making on major strategic issues.


“Major strategic issues” may seem like a curious category.  It is meant to encompass some of the largest systematic issues facing academic libraries today. Recognizing that these issues vary to some degree from library to library, I expect we will address common issues such as:

  • The provision and preservation of collections in an increasingly digital environment
  • The digital infrastructure and systems that support operations and users, from collections, to access, to discovery
  • The services needed by STEM fields
  • Building and sustaining collaborations and partnerships


The research for this project will consist of interviews with current and recently retired library directors from academic libraries, which will provide one important perspective on these issues.

Learn more details about the research project by reading Roger’s complete blog post.

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