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  1. 1. Transforming Research Support Services A Study of Research Practices in History Roger Schonfeld, Director of Research, Ithaka S+R Jennifer Rutner, Senior Analyst, Ithaka S+R CNI Spring Meeting 2012 April 3, 2012
  2. 2. Mission ITHAKA is a not-for-profit organization that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. We pursue this mission by providing innovative services that aid in the adoption of these technologies and that create lasting impact.
  3. 3. Our Services Ithaka S+R is a research and consulting service that focuses on the transformation of scholarship and teaching in an online environment, with the goal of identifying the critical issues facing our community and acting as a catalyst for change. Portico is a digital preservation service for e-journals, e-books, and other scholarly e-content. JSTOR is a research platform that enables discovery, access, and preservation of scholarly content.
  4. 4. Motivation
  5. 5. Motivation The way we work has changed.
  6. 6. Motivation The way our services are used has changed.
  7. 7. Motivation What’s the best way forward?
  8. 8. History Project Funding and Advisory Board NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant Advisory Board Francis X. Blouin, Director, Bentley Historical Library Prof. School of Information and Dept. of History University of Michigan Daniel Cohen, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media James Grossman, American Historical Association, Executive Director Miriam Posner, UCLA, Digital Humanities Program Coordinator Stefan Tanaka, University of California at San Diego, Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of the Center for the Humanities
  9. 9. Discussion • What does your organization want to know about humanities faculty? • What challenges is your organization facing in working with faculty in the humanities? • What is informing your organization’s understanding of humanities faculty on your campus?
  10. 10. Methodology
  11. 11. Methodology Research management Research Scholarly methods comm. Computing Collaboration Supporting Scholarship Data management Funding Scholarly Publishing literature Primary resources
  12. 12. Methodology: Phase I Interviews with research Interview topics support professionals » Current services provided » Twenty-three phone » Planning future services interviews » Understanding the changing » One Digital Humanities NYC needs of scholars meeting » Challenges
  13. 13. Preliminary FindingsPhase I: Interviews with Research Support Professionals
  14. 14. Preliminary Findings:Research Support Professionals “You once could have the illusion that you could do most of what you needed to do. That’s not the case anymore. It’s an endless electronic world.” Environmental Changes in History Research • Digitization of primary and secondary sources • Access to increased computing capacity
  15. 15. Preliminary Findings:Research Support Professionals“We started building tools because they were tools we needed.We are our consumer.” Research Support Digital Scholarship Support • Staffing: Librarians, • Staffing: Scholars, librarians, archivists, IT IT • Services-oriented • Services, tools, methods, projects • Relatively stable service model • Evolving service model • Interactions initiated by the • Interactions are initiated by scholar either the scholar or the RSP • Discrete interactions • Long(er)-term partnerships • Campus-orientation • Community-orientation
  16. 16. Preliminary Findings:Research Support Professionals “[We are] willing to contemplate a variety of futures for the library.” Support Challenges • Expertise and skill building • Funding and sustainability • Outreach to faculty
  17. 17. Preliminary Findings:Research Support Professionals “They’re used to doing certain kinds of work. This is different, and it’s organized in a different way.” Perceived Challenges for History Scholars • Established research habits and practices • “Information overload” • Independent scholarship model • Collaboration and project management
  18. 18. Preliminary Findings:Research Support Professionals “Our graduate students are still socialized in the mold of the individual scholar.” Perceptions on Graduate Students • Research practices and habits are not yet formed • Open to new methods and training • Concerned about building their careers
  19. 19. Quick: what’s missing? (5 minutes)1. Environmental changes2. Research support models3. Support challenges4. Perceived challenges for historians5. Graduate students
  20. 20. Next steps Interviews with historians Interview topics In person, in-situ, and phone » Current research projects interviews with forty » The research life cycle: historians and PhD students  Discovery •Active researchers  Library use •Varied institution types  Archival research •Career progression  Research notes management •Sub-disciplines  Collaboration •Technology use  Technology use  Publication » Digital scholarship » Challenges throughout
  21. 21. Next steps
  22. 22. Next steps
  23. 23. Next steps
  24. 24. Next steps
  25. 25. Discussion
  26. 26. Discussion • What does your organization want to know about humanities faculty? • What challenges is your organization facing in working with faculty in the humanities? • What is informing your organization’s understanding of humanities faculty on your campus?
  27. 27. Thank
  28. 28. Photo credits » » » » » Evidence photographs Copyright ITHAKA