Environmental Scan 2010 (Association of College and Research Libraries)
The 2010 environmental scan by the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee explores the current atmosphere in the world of academic and research libraries along with trends that will define the future of academic and research librarianship and the research environment. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, identifying several emerging issues."
The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st Century Scholarship [PDF]
The Idea of Order explores the transition from an analog to a digital environment for knowledge access, preservation, and reconstitution, and the implications of this transition for managing research collections. The volume comprises three reports."
Libraries at Webscale [PDF]
"This discussion document, Libraries at Webscale, explores the impact of the Web on our rapidly changing information landscape, and presents an overview of the opportunities and challenges that operating in a Web-connected world provides for libraries and library users. The document presents a case for the opportunities that Webscale can afford libraries and the OCLC cooperative, and provides context for OCLC's strategies to support libraries at Webscale."
Net Generation Students and Libraries (CNI, 2005)
This book chapter by Joan Lippincott gives specific recommendations for "developing library content, services, and environments that are responsive to Net Gen Students ." Other chapters in Educating the Net Generation are also on point for library planning.
Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want [PDF]
The Online Catalogs report presents findings from these research efforts. The findings indicate, among other things, that although library catalogs are often thought of as discovery tools, the catalog's delivery-related information is just as important to end users.
Perceptions of Libraries, 2010 [PDF]
OCLC's newest membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available. The new report provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online habits, preferences, and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected the information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries."
Top Technology Trends (LITA, midwinter and annual conferences)
The Library and Information Technology Association sponsors a public gathering of technology experts at each midwinter and annual conference of the American Library Association. Audio, video, and individual expert reports are all available on the LITA blog. Sessions prior to 2007 are available here.
U.S. Academic Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives [PDF]
is new report details findings from a study OCLC conducted with libraries in mid-2011 to learn about their priorities, initiatives, thoughts on the future of their service points and the sources they use to keep up with developments in the library field."
The Value of Academic Libraries [PDF]
A review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries, developed for ACRL by Megan Oakleaf of the iSchool at Syracuse University. The primary objective of this comprehensive review is to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance. Press coverage: Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Library Journal.
What to Withdraw: Print Collections Management in the Wake of Digitization (Ithaka, 2009)
This report "analyzes which types of journals can be withdrawn responsibly today and how that set of materials can be expanded to allow libraries the maximum possible flexibility and savings in the future." Should the print originals of journals be de-accessioned when the content is available in digital form? An introduction and comments are available here: http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/research/what-to-withdraw.
Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations (Pew, 2013)
Younger Americans—those ages 16-29—exhibit a fascinating mix of habits and preferences when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. Almost all Americans under age 30 are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and internet connections; however, they are also still closely bound to print, as three-quarters (75%) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64% of adults ages 30 and older.
Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs (NRC, 2010)
This study will assess the quality and characteristics of research-doctorate programs at institutions in the United States. The study includes: 1. The collection of quantitative data through questionnaires administered to institutions, programs, faculty, and admitted to candidacy students (in selected fields); 2. The collection of additional program data on publications, citations, and dissertation keywords; and 3. The design and construction of program ratings using the collected data. check IRIS fir the 1995 study under the title: Research Doctorate Programs in the United States: Continuity and Change.
College Students and Technology (Pew, 2011)
"By every key measurement, college students lead the way in tech and gadget use. But community college students do not use digital tools as much as four-year college students and graduate students."
The Digital Revolution and Higher Education (Pew, 2011)
As online college courses have become increasingly prevalent, the general public and college presidents offer different assessments of their educational value.
ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011 Report (EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, 2010)
" The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2010 is a longitudinal extension of the annual 2004 through 2009 studies. It is based on quantitative data from a spring 2010 survey of 36,950 freshmen and seniors at 100 four-year institutions and students at 27 two-year institutions; student focus groups that included input from 84 students at 4 institutions; and review of qualitative data from written responses to open-ended questions. In addition to exploring student ownership, experience, behaviors, preferences, and skills with respect to information technologies, including ownership and use of Internet-capable handheld devices, the 2010 study also includes a special focus on student use of social networking websites and web-based applications." The college or university library website is defined as a core technology and shown to be used by a majority of respondents. Rutgers did not participate in this study.
Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2009; Graduation Rates, 2003 & 2006 Cohorts; and Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2009 (NCES, 2011)
"This First Look report presents findings from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2010 data collection. This collection included five components: Student Financial Aid for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students for the 2008-09 academic year; Enrollment for fall 2009; Graduation Rates within 150 percent of normal program completion time for full-time, first-time degree/ certificate-seeking undergraduate students beginning college in 2003 at 4-year institutions or in 2006 at less-than-4-year institutions; Graduation Rates within 200 percent of normal program completion time for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students beginning college in 2001 at 4-year institutions or in 2005 at less-than-4-year institutions; and Finance for fiscal year 2009."
Faculty Surveys: 2000-2009
Ithaka S+R's Faculty Surveys are conducted every three years and include 3,000+ faculty. They examine changes in faculty attitudes toward the academic library, information resources, and the scholarly communications system as a whole. The surveys include US colleges and universities that grant at least a bachelor's degree and provide discipline specific information as well as long-term trend analysis.
Generations and Their Gadgets (Pew, 2011)
"While many devices have become popular across generations, younger adults are leading the way in increased mobility, preferring laptops to desktops and using their cell phones for a variety of functions. "
Horizon Report, 2013
The tenth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.
Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future ('Google Generation' project) (University College London, 2008)
"This study was commissioned by the British Library and JISC to identify how the specialist researchers of the future, currently in their school or pre-school years, are likely to access and interact with digital resources in five to ten years' time." The `Google generation' is defined as those born after 1993. The broad aims of the study include discovering whether or not searching and researching content will be done in new ways.
Institutional Versus Academic Discipline Measures of Student Experience: A Matter of Relative Validity (Steve Chatman, 2007)
Results from nearly 60,000 responses (38% response rate) to the University of California's census survey of undergraduates in 2006 found greater variance among majors within an institution than between equivalent majors across institutions.
Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials
Online learning is quickly gaining in importance in U.S. higher education, but little rigorous evidence exists as to its effect on student learning outcomes. In "Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials," we measure the effect on learning outcomes of a prototypical interactive learning online (ILO) statistics course by randomly assigning students on six public university campuses to take the course in a hybrid format (with machine-guided instruction accompanied by one hour of face-to-face instruction each week) or a traditional format (as it is usually offered by their campus, typically with 3-4 hours of face-to-face instruction each week).
Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights From U.S. Academic Library Directors (Ithaka, 2010)
"Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights From U.S. Academic Library Directors aims to help academic libraries and other members of the higher education community understand the changing role of the library and how to strategically adapt to an increasingly digital environment. This survey focuses on the issues related to the strategies library administrators are pursuing for their libraries, the management of library collections, the development of new digital collections, and the creation of new services to meet changing user needs. "
Libraries, Patrons, and E-Books [PDF]
12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.
A Multi-Dimensional Framework for Academic Support (University of Minnesota Libraries, 2006)
"The University of Minnesota Libraries received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a multi-dimensional model for assessing support for scholarship in the context of a large research campus. The project team explored discipline-specific needs for facilities, information content, services, tools, and expertise in the humanities and social sciences. The goal was to develop a model for bringing greater coherence to these distributed resources through physical and virtual means, and also a research support environment that could be modeled, prototyped, and evaluated. The study is also being used to assist the academic leadership in understanding how libraries can promote the physically boundless nature of inquiry and information use. "[Project Abstract] One result is development of a Scholar's Collective that would support creation of useful tools for humanities scholarship and capacity for collaborative.
The Rise of E-Reading [PDF]
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
State of America's Libraries, 2012
Libraries continue to transform lives, despite the challenges they faced in 2011. Patron demand for ebooks increased just as publishers decided to limit sales to libraries or increase the price dramatically. Budget cuts continued as the national economy struggles toward recovery from the Great Recession. The American Library Association continued to play a leading role in the battle for privacy and intellectual freedom.
What Matters to Student Success: A Review of the Literature (NPEC, 2006)
This commissioned report for the national Symposium on Postsecondary Student Success examines student background and experiences as well as institutional characteristics associated with success during and after college.
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. ARL compiles annual statistics and produces a number of comprehensive reports and publications. SPEC surveys, one series, gather information from ARL member institutions on current research library practices and policies.
Council on Library and Information Resources
CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization. Rutgers University is a sponsor. CLIR's mission is to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. CLIR pursues three primary goals in support of its mission: 1) to foster new approaches to the management of digital and nondigital information resources so that they will be available in the future, 2) to expand leadership capacity in the information professions, and 3) to analyze changes in the information landscape and help practitioners prepare for them. CLIR publications report research and survey work on current topics important to research libraries and are available in the Libraries administrative offices.
EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR)
The mission of ECAR is to foster better decision making by conducting and disseminating research and analysis about the role and implications of information technology in higher education. ECAR assembles leading scholars, practitioners, researchers, and analysts to focus on issues of critical importance to higher education, many of which carry increasingly complicated and consequential implications. ECAR provides educational leaders with high-quality, well-researched, timely information to support institutional decision-making. Rutgers is a subscriber, which enables faculty and staff to establish an account and read or download studies.
Gartner, Inc. provides information technology research and advice to CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, and technology investors. Browsing through any of the topics listed on the home page leads to a number of interesting studies applicable to library IT development.
ITHAKA is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2003 whose mission includes "helping the academic community take full advantage of rapidly advancing information and networking technologies." Ithaka S+R (strategy and research) "supports innovation in higher education by working with initiatives and organizations to develop sustainable business models and by conducting research and analysis on the impact of digital media on the academic community as a whole."
New Media Consortium (NMC)
The NMC is an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of nearly 300 learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Rutgers membership is managed by the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research. Of particular interest is the Horizon Project, which, as the centerpiece of NMC's Emerging Technologies Initiative, the charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative expression and produces the NMC's annual Horizon Report.
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC)
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs. The Rutgers University Libraries are members of OCLC and its RLG Partners program. Among the many publications available from OCLC, the membership reports are in-depth studies and topical surveys that about issues and trends that affect librarianship and libraries.
OCLC Research: Activities
Of particular interest are the activities grouped under the "User Behavior Studies & Synthesis" theme, where the focus is: "…studying the behavior of library users, from public library patrons and undergraduate students to scholars and researchers, to determine their perceptions and information usage habits of a variety of reference services. Our objective is to identify and share recommendations on how to better serve library users' needs now and in the future."
Pew Internet and American Life Project
The Pew Internet and American Life Project studies the social impact of the internet. All of the reports, presentations, and data sets dating back to the year 2000 are available for free. Reports are easily accessed by topic. Be sure not to limit yourself to just the "Libraries" topic since many of the topics explore what people are looking at online and why they are choosing to use the Internet.