May 18, 2022

Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program (RSS) Releases Report on the “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars”

Today. Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program (RSS) published Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Asian Studies Scholars. The report was written by Danielle Cooper and Katherine Daniel in collaboration with research teams at 11 academic libraries.

From the Report’s Executive Summary:

2018-06-21_14-44-47Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services Program investigates how the research support needs of scholars vary by discipline and includes reports on history, chemistry, art history, religious studies, agriculture, and public health. In 2017-2018, Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of Asian studies scholars conducting research through U.S. institutions. This project was undertaken collaboratively with research teams at 11 academic libraries with the goal of identifying services to better support Asian studies scholars. This report aims to provide actionable findings for the organizations, institutions, and professionals who support the research process of Asian studies scholars. One hundred and sixty-nine scholars were interviewed during the project, and Ithaka S+R sampled 50 of the resulting transcripts for the analysis presented in this report. These transcripts yielded findings in several thematic areas in which Asian studies would benefit from new or improved services, including its position within the academy, discovering and accessing information, managing research workflows, and producing outputs that reach target audiences and have the desired impact.

The report contains the following chapters:

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Asia on the Margins
  • Discovery and Access
  • Research Workflow Management
  • Outputs, Audience, and Impact
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • Appendix 1: Research Teams and Local Reports
  • Appendix 2: Semi-Structured Interview Guide

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