LYRASIS Survey Reports

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This collection includes reports created by the Research and Innovation Team based on surveys completed by LYRASIS members and community users.

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    The Lyrasis United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund: Phase 1 Report
    (Lyrasis, 2023-02-28) Rosen, Hannah; orcid: 0000-0001-6804-7073
    The Lyrasis UNSDG Publishing Fund was founded in 2020 as part of a Lyrasis Springer Nature journal negotiation. Lyrasis members redirected funds from their package towards a small collection of Springer Nature Open Access (OA) titles whose content was aligned with the UNSDGs. The initial fund included six selected titles, five of which were published in 2022. This report examines global usage data for the collection, as well as usage data for each individual title.
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    LYRASIS 2022 Research Information Management Survey Report
    (LYRASIS, 2022-10-18) Rosen, Hannah; orcid: 0000-0001-6804-7073
    The LYRASIS research information management (RIM) survey was conducted in spring/summer 2022 as a mechanism to better understand how institutions interact with and support RIM activities. For the purposes of this survey, research information management (RIM) was defined as the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about research. This report provides institutions with an opportunity to see where their efforts fall amongst the activities of their peers in four categories: allocation of responsibility for RIM activities, funding RIM activities, RIM compliance, and tools used for completing RIM activities.
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    Digital Content Acquisition Survey Report
    (LYRASIS, 2022-04-01) Rosen, Hannah; orcid: 0000-0001-6804-7073
    In the fall of 2021, the LYRASIS Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives (CSCI) team conducted a survey of academic-leaning institutions that acquire digital content through LYRASIS in order to better understand national content acquisition trends. This report examines the findings from that survey.
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    LYRASIS 2021 Open Source Software Report: Understanding the Landscape of Open Source Software Support in American Libraries
    (LYRASIS, 2021-08) Rosen, Hannah; Grogg, Jill; orcid: 0000-0001-6804-7073; orcid: 0000-0001-5136-4507
    The LYRASIS open source software (OSS) survey was conducted in spring 2021 as a mechanism to better understand how institutions interact with and support OSS programs. For the purposes of the survey, OSS programs were defined as community-based programs specifically designed for GLAM institutions, such as FOLIO, ArchivesSpace (a LYRASIS supported community), and Omeka. This report provides institutions with an opportunity to see where their efforts fall amongst the activities of their peers in three categories: funding/supporting OSS, justifying OSS, and evaluating OSS. The first section covers how/how much institutions contribute to OSS programs, either through financial contributions or staff time devoted to program contributions/governance. The second section focuses on how institutions justify investment in OSS programs. The final section covers the ways that GLAM institutions determine the qualifications for OSS, their evaluation tactics, and their decision-making about long term OSS maintenance.
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    2005 SOLINET Educational Services Survey
    (SOLINET (now LYRASIS), 2005)
    SOLINET conducted a survey to collect information from members about their needs and interests in regard to continuing education and professional development. SOLINET asked about preferences for course topics, class delivery methods, and communications, and wanted to know what factors are important to you when making a decision to register (or not) for a course. The survey was designed to learn more about user evaluations of SOLINET’s Educational Services.
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    Collecting Archival Materials During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    (LYRASIS, 2020-09-01) Klettlinger, Katy L.W.; Grinstead, Leigh A.; orcid: 0000-0003-0442-5332
    In April 2020, a member institution reached out to LYRASIS for advice on how to safely collect archival materials during the early stages of the pandemic. The archives held half of a substantial collection from a donor who had contracted COVID-19 and was in assisted living. Upon hearing the news, the archives had one month to collect the remaining materials from the executor before they were lost. In discussing the case, LYRASIS consultants hypothesized that other institutions across the country were experiencing similar situations and decided to create a survey to uncover collecting trends and archival practice during the pandemic.
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    LYRASIS 2020 DEI Survey Report: Understanding the Scope of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Activities in United States Libraries
    (2020-08) Rosen, Hannah; Grogg, Jill; orcid: 0000-0001-6804-7073; orcid: 0000-0001-5136-4507
    ​Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an aggregate concern presents both opportunities and challenges for cultural heritage organizations. In an effort to gauge current policies and practices regarding DEI, LYRASIS surveyed its membership of more than 1,000 galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) institutions about their activities in three distinct areas: policy and infrastructure; recruiting, training, and retaining a diverse staff; and maintaining/building diverse collections.​The core output of this survey is the 2020 LYRASIS DEI Survey Report. This report provides institutions with an opportunity to see where their efforts fall amongst the activities of their peers, and a potential method for categorizing DEI initiatives.
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    LYRASIS 2020 Open Content Survey Report: Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries
    (2020-06) Rosen, Hannah; Grogg, Jill; orcid: 0000-0001-6804-7073; orcid: 0000-0001-5136-4507
    Cultural heritage organizations have long struggled to ensure their users cost-effective, widespread information access. This situation presents challenges and opportunities, both of which have evolved over time. The open content movement has expanded that challenge to supporting and advocating for content free of barriers and paywalls. Open content touches many areas of librarianship, but it is often difficult to understand how libraries approach this movement through internal activities and external financial support. The LYRASIS open content survey was conducted in early 2020 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States participate in the open content movement. The survey specifically focused on participation in activities/financial support for open access (OA) scholarship, open data, and open educational resources (OERs).
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    LYRASIS 2019 Accessibility Survey Report: Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials
    (2019-07) Rosen, Hannah; Grogg, Jill; orcid: 0000-0001-6804-7073; orcid: 0000-0001-5136-4507
    Accommodating users with disabilities is not a new endeavor for libraries. However, the evolving landscape of content digitization and the shifting nature of the scholarly communication eco-system presents new challenges for libraries attempting to adhere to institutional policies and meet legal requirements regarding online accessibility for those users. The LYRASIS accessibility survey was conducted in early 2019 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States are handling accessibility for their online content, and more specifically, where they stand in terms of policy and implementation.