Ithaka has published a new report: Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies. I quote:

“This fourth in a series of surveys conducted over the past decade examined faculty attitudes and behaviors on key issues ranging from the library as information gateway and the need for preservation of scholarly material, to faculty engagement with institutional and disciplinary repositories and thoughts about open access.  For the first time, we also looked at the role that scholarly societies play and their value to faculty.


Following an initial introductory letter, survey questionnaire booklets were physically mailed to 35,000 faculty members in September 2009. A total of 3,025 complete responses were received and tabulated, for a response rate of approximately 8.6%. Demographic characteristics, including discipline, are self-reported. In 2006, we deposited the dataset with ICPSR for long-term digital preservation and access, and we intend to do so again with the 2009 dataset.


Full Report (PDF)

Key findings of the Faculty Survey 2009 include:

Basic scholarly information use practices have shifted rapidly in recent years and, as a result, the academic library is increasingly being disintermediated from the discovery process, risking irrelevance in one of its core areas.

Faculty members’ growing comfort in relying exclusively on digital versions of scholarly materials opens new opportunities for libraries, new business models for publishers, and new challenges for preservation.

Despite several years of sustained efforts by publishers, scholarly societies, libraries, faculty members, and others to reform various aspects of the scholarly communications system, a fundamentally conservative set of faculty attitudes continues to impede systematic change.”

There are two webinars left that you can sign up for:

“Chapter 2: The Format Transition for Scholarly Works - April 29

Chapter 3: Scholarly Communications - May 5

“For many years the German Archaeological Institute [Deutsches Archäologisches Institut or DAI] has been compiling the Archaeological Bibliography which has established itself as an essential research tool in the area of ancient cultures of the Mediterranean Sea. Since 2002 it has been freely available on the internet and offers a thesaurus based systematical search in addition to common search options. The Archaeological Bibliography is being expanded on a daily basis by the departments in Rome, Athens, Istanbul and the head office in Berlin and now comprises approx. 400,000 title references. The German Archaeological Institute endeavours to enhance its research and information facilities – a challenge which we can only approach with your help. Hence, we would like to kindly ask you to participate in our online poll, available in Englisch, German, Greek and Italian. The survey will be evaluated anonymously.”


The annual Digital Data Interest Group meeting will take place on Friday April 24th at 6:30pm (Atlanta Marriott, Room L504/505).

We have a special offer for DDIG members this year: You can receive a coupon for a free drink from the DDIG meeting room bar! Simply take part in a short (10-15 minute) survey about web tools for publishing archaeological data by clicking here or following this link:

The first 50 respondents will receive a free drink coupon by email. Bring your coupon to the DDIG meeting and join us for drinks and socializing with other DDIG members. We will share the results of this survey will hear opinions and ideas from DDIG members about promoting better use of web technologies in archaeology.

Even if you’re not attending the upcoming SAA meeting, your thoughts and insights are valuable to us and we encourage you to take the survey anyway! An overview of the survey results will be posted on this blog in May.

ArchaeoInformatics has an important survey to understand the needs and priorities individual archaeologists have with regard to cyberinfrastructure and data sharing. For those of you who haven’t taken the survey yet, please do at this link:

Please share this link with your archaeological colleagues. Their input will also be incredibly valuable!