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    ScholarWorks@UMassAmherst: FY22 Annual Report
    (2022-01-01) Jerome, Erin
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    UMass Amherst Framework Principles for Provider Agreements
    (2021-01-01) Turner, Christine N.; Zellen, Rebecca R.; Di Valentino, Lisa C.; Stangroom, Scott A.
    Rationale and 14 principles to guide investments and agreements with providers for services, infrastructure and content. Produced by the Framework for Provider Agreements Task Force.
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    Supporting Big Data Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
    (2021-01-01) Atwood, Thea P.; Radik, Melanie; Seifried, Rebecca M.
    This project aimed to examine the research support needs of faculty who employ “big data” and data science methodologies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The study was conducted by the University Libraries and was part of a larger suite of parallel studies of big data researchers at institutions of higher education across the U.S. The study was coordinated by Ithaka S+R whose goal is to “help academic and cultural communities know what is coming next, learn from rigorous and well-designed research studies, and … improve their performance and further their missions.” Under the guidance of project coordinators from Ithaka S+R, librarians at 21 participating institutions—including Boston University, Northeastern, Texas A&M, and several University of California campuses—interviewed researchers across our campuses and compiled independent research results and recommendations for creating or enhancing local services and supports. In addition, participating institutions contributed their findings to a final capstone report by Ithaka S+R. The Ithaka capstone report provides a cumulative view of the evolving needs of big data researchers and includes recommendations for how the Libraries and campus research support structures can most effectively and strategically grow our support for this rapidly expanding area of research needs.
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    Teaching with Data in the Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
    (2021-01-01) Jerome, Erin; McGinty, Stephen
    This report is an investigation of the pedagogical practices of social sciences instructors teaching with quantitative data at the undergraduate level at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The study was conducted by the University Libraries, and was part of a larger suite of parallel studies coordinated by Ithaka S+R at 20 institutions of higher education in the U.S. The study’s goal is to understand instructors’ undergraduate teaching processes so that institutions can develop local resources to support them in their work. While this local study will contribute to a larger cumulative capstone produced by Ithaka S+R, our recommendations will also inform the ways in which the UMass Amherst University Libraries can better support social science instructors who rely on quantitative data in their undergraduate instruction.
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    ScholarWorks@UMassAmherst: FY21 Annual Report
    (2021-01-01) Jerome, Erin