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We Should Worry My Concerns with the results of the Ithaka S + R 2010 Library Survey ALCTS Forum, June 27, 2011 ALA Annual Conference JENICA P. ROGERS DIRECTOR OF LIBRARIES, SUNY POTSDAM
65% of respondents do not feel that their library has a well-developed strategy to meet changing user needs and research habits. Question: Who thought this was a good idea? Answer: NO one, but without a plan, there’s no reason NOT to do it
How many library directors are doing “some”, if not “enough”, planning?
How many library directors want to do strategic planning but don’t feel equipped or supported to do it?
How do the answers from this 65% inflect the results of the rest of the survey?
63% of Library Directors don’t feel they have enough information to deaccession print journals available online. How much MORE information do you need? OR, COULD IT BE POSSIBLE THAT YOU’RE TOTALLY OVERENGINEERING THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION?
Print journals are dead tech. Follow-up Questions:
Are universities and colleges responding differently to this question?
Do the libraries holding tightly to print holdings have a mission that makes that a critical choice?
What local circumstance makes print more important than space?
WE ARE NOT MAKING SENSE: Nearly 100% of Library Directors indicated that “Supporting faculty instruction and student learning” is a priority in their libraries ... ... but only 40-65% indicated that “working with instructional technologists…” and “working with faculty to incorporate digital information resources into their curricula” were also high priorities.