University Futures, Library Futures

OCLC Research and Ithaka S+R are examining the impact of increased institutional differentiation in universities on the organization of academic libraries and the services they provide. For decades, models of excellence in academic library service have been shaped by a collections-centric paradigm in which the size of local print inventory is considered a key indicator of quality. OCLC Research and Ithaka are joining forces to develop a new framework for understanding the fit between emerging library service paradigms and university types.

OCLC Research and Ithaka S+R, with funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are developing a heuristic typology of colleges and universities that acknowledges the increasing fragmentation and specialization of higher education business models, and exploring the degree to which libraries are aligning services to emerging institutional needs. Read more about the University Futures, Library Futures project.

The following project outputs are currently available:

Literature Review Preview
Toward a New Understanding of American Higher Education Institutions: Focus of Educational Offer, Mode of Provision, which provides context for the institution typology OCLC has developed to support this project.

Data Set and Scoring Formula
The underlying dataset for the UFLF project along with the scoring formula available for download.

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Visit the University Futures, Library Futures project page.