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Tuesday, 25th March 2014

Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013

Source: Ithaka S+R

From Key Findings:

This cycle of the US Library Survey illustrates the pronounced differences in academic library leaders by institutional type. Views on collections, services, and organizational positioning differ notably across Carnegie classifications. While there are also many areas of broad commonality, this diversity appears to be a key and perhaps growing characteristic for this community...

With almost complete unanimity, library directors showed a very strong commitment to the role that their libraries play in research skills and informa- tion literacy education for undergraduate students. Academic libraries’ strong alignment around teaching and undergraduate education may have far-reach- ing implications for how they prioritize their other functions.

Outside the doctoral universities, there was an especially steep decline in the share of respondents invested in the research support role.

...(O)nly a minority of respondents agreed that their library has a well- developed strategy for serving the changing needs of users. Those respon- dents whose libraries have taken on evidence gathering and other forms of assessment are more likely to be confident in their strategy for serving user needs.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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