Manager, Surveys and Research
Senior Surveys Analyst
The Ithaka S+R Library Survey has tracked strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors for nearly a decade. What does the most recent cycle tell us about the investments that library leaders are making toward the future of their organizations? What strategies are they pursuing in support of research, teaching, and learning? And, what are the limitations for implementing practices that align with these strategies? In fall 2019, Ithaka S+R heard from 46% of library leaders nationally on these critical trends while introducing new thematic areas (on recruitment and hiring strategies, contributions to student success, and anticipated changes to collection strategies) to address issues of current strategic importance. Comparisons with previous cycles of the survey, as well as with the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey, will illustrate shifts in perceptions of the role and importance of the library, while analysis by institution type will reveal important differences in resource allocations and constraints.