Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

Date, Location

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 3:00pm

Smith Hall, Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.
Portland, OR 97219

About the Event

Roger C. Schonfeld presents "Forward Thinking:  Aligning Library Services with Faculty Needs"

Over the past decade, many groups of faculty members have seen their demands for and use of academic library services change significantly.  The availability of digital collections has had a transformative effect on use, while evolving faculty research methods and pedagogies are introducing new demands.  Is there a clear vision for the future needs of faculty members or future services of the campus library?  And to what extent are library leaders and faculty members aligned in their understanding of these visions? 

This talk will incorporate research findings on changing attitudes and usage patterns of faculty members broadly, in comparison with the attitudes and practices of librarians, bolstered by a more detailed focus on practices in the field of history.  This data will serve as the basis for an examination of faculty needs, including library collections, uses for library spaces, and the provision of new library services.  Ultimately, this talk with consider whether libraries can develop long term strategies for changing their offerings to meet the future needs of faculty members, or whether they must focus on the here and now to manage change more responsively. 

Following the talk a panel of faculty members will respond.

Presented by: Roger C. Schonfeld

Roger leads the research group at Ithaka, where he analyzes the impacts that new technologies are having on higher education to help the community respond strategically. His recent work has focused on the transition to an electronic-only environment for scholarly resources, faculty attitudes and research patterns in this emerging environment, university strategy for knowledge dissemination online, and the history and future of preservation and book survivability. Roger currently serves on the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.

Previously, Roger was a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. While there, he wrote JSTOR: A History (Princeton University Press, 2003), which examines business models for the shift to an online environment for scholarly texts by focusing on how JSTOR developed into a self-sustaining not-for-profit organization.


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Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

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