Ithaka S+R released the 2015 Faculty survey. Deanna Marcum, Ithaka S+R Managing Director reflects on the findings:
We find key shifts in the way faculty members are thinking about teaching and learning, with implications for both the university and the support provided by the academic library. We find evidence of ongoing changes in how faculty members perceive their discovery starting points, with implications for organizational strategies and roles in support of discovery…We also introduced new areas of coverage this cycle. The most immediate payoff is a strong set of findings on data management and preservation. As this issue has risen to the attention of funders, libraries, publishers, and scientists, we find great interest among faculty members in self-reliance as a strategy. There is clearly much confusion among faculty members about what would constitute data preservation and even perhaps whether it is generally necessary, with implications for the programs and associated incentives needed if policy initiatives in this area are to succeed.
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