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.

Literature Review Preview

Read a preview of the literature review 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. 

Topics covered in the literature review include:

  • The centrality of higher education to US nation-building
  • Major shifts in higher education student profile
  • Variations in higher education provision
  • Existing classifications of higher education institutions
  • Key institutional characteristics of higher education institutions

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