Who’s surprised by the Ithaka report?


I was going to blog about the Ithaka Faculty Survey 2009, but Wayne Bivens-Tatum at Princeton already made most of my points on his Academic Librarian blog. Wayne makes the excellent point that the library’s declining role as “gatekeepers” in not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve posted before that I think we are in danger of becoming a Gate with no Fence.

I’m just wondering if anyone is seriously surprised by the Ithaka findings. Are there really folks working in academic libraries who don’t already know that discovery is happening elsewhere, that faculty are increasingly comfortable consuming digital content (especially journals), and that faculty remain conservative in their own publishing practices? If so, see the picture above.

The big question for us is “What are we going to do now?” And I still think some of the best answers will come when we start Thinking the Unthinkable, and stop worrying about saving libraries, and start thinking about supporting scholarship. See the Academic Library Manifesto for more ideas.

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