The Sheridan Libraries are seeking input from full-time faculty in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Education, and Business about the role of the libraries in supporting the needs of Johns Hopkins researchers and students.

Faculty are invited to complete the Local Faculty Survey regarding the libraries’ resources and services through Friday, April 12. Faculty members received an email message from their deans on March 4, with a link to take the survey. The survey is being conducted by Ithaka S+R.

“The survey is a useful tool to help the libraries lead from a data-informed perspective,” said Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, Archives, and Museums. “We seek input from faculty on how to best serve their needs for research and teaching. The results will help us better develop and deliver collections and services to meet the current and future needs of the Hopkins community.”

The survey will gather benchmark data in the following six areas:

  • Role of the Libraries – How do faculty perceive the libraries and envision their future?
  • Research Practices and Data Curation – Faculty priorities in reforming scholarly communication. What resources and services do faculty need to support their research activities?
  • Instructional Practices and Open Education Resources – What motivates faculty to create and use open educational resources?
  • Instructional and Learning Analytics – How are faculty and students being measured in their respective practices as instructors and learners? How do faculty perceive the value and impact of institutional contributors on student success outcomes?
  • Data Preservation and Management – How do faculty use data, and what services do they require?
  • Digital Research Activities – What is the impact of digital technologies on faculty research?

“We’re extremely pleased with the number of faculty who have already participated,” said Susan Payne, head of assessment and user experience at the Sheridan Libraries. “We hope this momentum continues so that we have actionable insights and data about the changing needs of faculty.”

The Sheridan Libraries are one of several research libraries participating in the survey. Ithaka S+R is a nonprofit organization that helps academic communities use digital technologies, preserve scholarly records, and advance research and teaching in a sustainable way. For more information about Ithaka, visit

For information about the survey, contact Susan Payne, head of assessment and user experience at the Sheridan Libraries.