This session will include a presentation of findings from the latest in a series of nationwide surveys of faculty members. These triennial surveys, conducted since 2000, have examined faculty attitudes as authors, teachers, and researchers on a variety of key strategic issues facing the higher education library and scholarly communications communities.
Drawing on the most recent survey, from fall 2009, this talk will examine a range of issues including:
* Perceptions of the changing role of the campus library, including the displacement of the library’s role in information discovery and the relevance of new service-driven library value propositions, to inform library strategic planning about serving faculty needs overall as well as at a disciplinary level;
* Views of key characteristics of scholarly journals, repositories, and scholarly societies in a digital environment, as the means by which and the organizations through which scholars communicate and network with one another are shifting dramatically; and
* Attitudes towards the transition away from print format, which are becoming far more accepted for scholarly journals (even as questions are being raised about monographs) to inform library collection management decision-making and publisher business planning.
The presentation will include disciplinary stratifications and trend analysis on key topics of interest and provide plenty of opportunity for discussion of findings and potential future research directions.