Project: Environmental Scan / What Makes a Successful Digital Strategy? (2018)
Concordia University selected A21 in April 2018 to research higher education institutions’ and industries’ digital strategies and approaches to managing digital transformation. The Concordia University Digital Strategy Committee was charged with creating a path-breaking digital strategy for Concordia University and has undertaken work “to determine what actions we need to take to become a next-generation university that embraces the digital reality of our students, faculty, researchers, staff and life in general.”
The committee charged A21 with conducting an environmental scan of how and why digital strategies in a range of organizations succeed, and also why they “fail.” A21 conducted a literature review, web review, and interviews with thought leaders and practitioners in digital transformation and digital skills-building in higher education, non...
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has engaged Athenaeum21 Consulting to collaborate with their Assessment Program Visioning Task Force in the development of a forward-looking program that advances the organizational outcomes of the 21st-century research library. The Task Force is charged to consider all current and potential ARL assessment-related services, including the goals, outcomes, deliverables, staff, and other resources related to the existing metrics and tools. A critical component of the recommendations will be consideration of the types of issues ARL libraries will need to address in their measurement and evaluation program in the context of contemporary movements in higher education. The project will culminate in a report of research findings and recommendations to the ARL Board and membership at the October 2017 ARL Members meeting in Washington, DC.
Client: University of California, Davis
Funder: Mellon Foundation
Collaborators: University of Oxford, UK; Goettingen State and University Library, Germany
In preparation for building out the foundation and infrastructure to support a comprehensive library assessment program, the University Library at the University of California, Davis commissioned A21 to lead a collaborative research study to scope the work required to develop an open library assessment dashboard & toolkit for libraries to aggregate, view, and interact with their diverse data sources across all library operations.