This article appeared on the Fox Illinois web site on April 13, 2017. The article profiles Champaign Public Library, and how the proposed federal budget, which includes the elimination of the IMLS, puts libraries like Champaign PL in jeopardy. “It’s a place where you can find a book to read,” Harrington said. “You can find that computer […]
Ithaka S+R and OCLC Research are launching a research project to examine how value academic libraries, not in terms of collections, but in terms of service. The project, named “University Futures; Library Futures”, will evaluate the higher education landscape to determine how academic libraries are differentiating themselves and creating value for their institutions.
As reported in a blog post from Roger C. Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R’s Director of the Libraries and Scholarly Communication Program,
In this project, our research question is: what happens when libraries differentiate themselves in terms of services, not collection size; are there multiple models of success?
Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will take place over the next 14 months.