Where do you start your research? How important is digital research and methodologies to your current research? How do you prefer to share your research?
These are some of the questions asked of U.S. faculty in Ithaka S+R’s Faculty Survey 2012. Published every three years since 2000, the survey aims to “provide colleges and universities, libraries, learned societies, and academic publishers with insight into the evolving attitudes and practices of faculty members in the context of substantial environmental change for higher education.” Key findings from the 2012 survey were released April 5 at CNI’s closing plenary; full results were published online on April 8.
While many of the findings may not be groundbreaking to librarians, it is nonetheless crucial to understand how faculty perceive the library. One strength of the survey is its large sample size – over 5,000 responses from faculty in all disciplines and types of institution. Further coverage of the survey results is available in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Library Journal, and Inside Higher Ed, among others.