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Supporting Modern Language and Literature Research in the 21st Century


This report investigates the research practices of Brown’s faculty in modern languages and literatures in order to inform Library planning to address the challenges faculty face. As part of Ithaka S+R’s research and support services program, and sponsored by the Modern Language Association, thirteen American universities, including Brown, investigated the needs and interests of tenure-track faculty in the fields of modern languages and literatures. This report uncovers the challenges faculty face in searching for materials on library discovery platforms in terms of user experience design and due to broader problems in finding materials both in the United States and outside of it. In addition, this report relays how faculty stay current or struggle to stay current on evolving methodologies, technologies, and tools for research. In addition to addressing the challenges faculty face, this report provides a list of recommendations for actions the Library can take to better support faculty needs.


Champagne, Ashley, Cole, Heather, Evelyn, Sarah, et al., "Supporting Modern Language and Literature Research in the 21st Century" (2019). Brown University Library Staff Scholarly Works, Center for Digital Scholarship, Open Access Publications at Brown. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



  • Brown University Library Staff Scholarly Works

    This collection contains publications and other scholarly works authored by Brown University Library staff.
  • Center for Digital Scholarship

    The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), a cross-departmental group in the Brown University Library, supports digital scholarship for the Brown community and beyond by supporting scholarly and academic activities that are conducted or enhanced through the use of digital technology …
  • Open Access Publications at Brown

    This collection contains scholarly publications authored and deposited by Brown University scholars, including faculty publications in compliance with the Brown Faculty Open Access Policy

    Faculty and student publications include open access articles, working papers and pre-prints, and final peer-reviewed author …