The Chronicle reports on a new Ithaka survey, “Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights from U.S. Library Directors,” which was previewed at last week’s ACRL conference.
Key findings of the report include:
- “Library directors at all types of institutions see supporting teaching and learning as one of their primary missions ...”
- “Library directors believe that it is strategically important that their libraries be seen by users as the principal starting point in the discovery process ...”
- “The library’s role as a buyer of materials remains of primary importance ...”
The archive role remains important, too (see pages 12-15).
I was on a panel at ACRL that focused on primary source literacy and included a discussion of using an archives as a learning laboratory. Slides from my part of the presentation are below.