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Changing Information Services Needs of Faculty

The Changing Information Services Needs of Faculty
by Roger C. Schonfeld and Kevin M. Guthrie
Roger C. Schonfeld is Manager of Research for Ithaka. Kevin M. Guthrie is President of Ithaka. Comments on this article can be sent to the authors at and and/or can be posted to the Web via the link at the bottom of this page.
As digital technologies continue to transform the environment for teaching, learning, and research, faculty information needs are evolving steadily. To best serve these needs, colleges and universities need to understand how faculty’s needs have been changing—and how they are likely to change in the future.
In the summer and fall of 2006, Ithaka ( commissioned an outside research firm, Odyssey, to conduct surveys of the attitudes and perceptions of academic collection development librarians and faculty toward the transition to an increasingly electronic environment. These studies received 4,100 and 350 responses, respectively, and were cosponsored by JSTOR and Portico and in part by Aluka and NITLE. The studies build on similar faculty studies conducted in 2000 and 2003; by examining the librarians’ perspective as well, we can gain a fairly balanced perspective of the dynamic environment. Considered together, the findings suggest the need for libraries to take leadership in helping academia’s transition to the new environment.”
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Posted on: July 24, 2007, 5:36 pm Category: Uncategorized

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