This page features recent reports from the information industry which may be of interest to ASA members and other users of this site.
Challenges for Academic Libraries in Difficult Economic Times
(March 2010) A guide from the UK-based Research Information Network focusing on how academic libraries are are experiencing and responding to financial cuts in the current economic climate.
The European Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) Information Market
(Sept. 09) A new report available via the Research & Markets website, two key headlines from which are growth in the European STM information market remains resilient, and leading providers maintain year-on-year double-digit profits growth.
Communicating knowledge: How and why UK researchers publish and disseminate their findings
(Sept. 09) This report looks at how researchers publish and why, including the motivations that lead them to publish in different formats and the increase in collaboration and co-authorship. It also explores how researchers decide what to cite and the influence of research assessment on their behaviours and attitudes.
Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace
(July 2009) Library and publishing innovators offered concrete data and strategies for "Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace," at the SPARC-ACRL forum held at the Chicago meeting of the American Library Association in July 2009.
E-Journals: Their use, value and impact
(April 2009) This report, produced by the Research Information Network (RIN), takes an in-depth look at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals, the value they bring to universities and research institutions and the contribution they make to research productivity, quality and outcomes.
Ensuring a Bright Future for Research Libraries
(October 2008) This guidance is aimed at vice-chancellors and senior institutional managers, focusing on ensuring library and information services keep pace with the evolving needs of researchers. Recommended.