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Value: Academic Libraries & Value

Libraries are focusing on gathering information on value and worth and on the roles that their facilities, services and resources - including library professionals - play in the success of their constituents.

Value Content

The first steps in looking at value are those that include the broadest look at not just the professional literature but also on content found in umbrella organization literature and adjacent literature. This Value Content list will both grow and shrink BUT If you look at this now and think "it doesn't have my favorite study on value" first ask yourself does your study's content either contain references to the value of library professionals? or can it be applied to professionals or is it a study that can be replicated but with a re-focus on professionals?

With that in mind, I am SURE we have missed things in our first pass, so give us some suggestions on how that missing study might fit in. (See "Profile" on the home page.)


Association for Institutional Research. Measuring Quality Inventory. 2010.


Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers. “The Impact of Facilities on Recruitment and Retention of Students.” 2006.


Bielavitz, Tom. “The Balanced Scorecard: A Systematic Model for Evaluation and Assessment of Learning Outcomes?” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 5, no. 2 (2010).


Case, Mary M. “Partners in Knowledge Creation: An Expanded Role for Research Libraries in the Digital Future.” Journal of Library Administration 48, no. 2 (2008): 141156.


Estabrook, Leigh S. “What Chief Academic Officers Want from Their Libraries: Findings from Interviews with Provosts and

Chief Academic Officers.” October 2007.


Everest, Katherine, and Philip Payne. “The Impact of Libraries on Learning, Teaching and Research.” Report of the LIRG Seminar, Leeds, UK, 2001.


Fonseca, Anthony. “Speaking in the ROIal We: On the Need to Create a ReturnonInvestment Calculator for Academic Libraries of Community Colleges and Regional/Undergraduate FourYear Institutions.” Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. 2010


Hisle, W. Lee. “The Changing Role of the Library in the Academic Enterprise.” ACRL National Conference. Minneapolis, MN, 2005.


Housewright, Ross. “Themes of Change in Corporate Libraries: Considerations for Academic Libraries.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 9, no. 2 (2009): 253271.


Illinois Library Association. Selected Academic Library Value Study Links. 2010.


Kantor, Paul B., Tefko Saracevic, and J. D’EspositoWachtmann. Studying the Cost and Value of Library Services. Tech. Rep. No. APLAB/943/1,2,3,4, New Brunswick: Rutgers State University of New Jersey, 1995.


Kelley, Michael. “A New Framework May Help Academic Libraries Demonstrate Their Value.” Library Journal Online. November 2, 2011.

Li, Xin, and Zsuzsa Koltay. Impact Measures in Research Libraries: SPEC KIT 318. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research

Libraries, 2010.


LibValue: Value, Outcomes and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries. IMLS: 2012.


Oakleaf,Megan. Academic Library Value: the impact starter kit. Syracuse NY: Della Graphics: 2012.


Oakleaf, Megan. The Value of Academic Libraries: A comprehensive review and Report Chicago: American Library Association, 2010) 40p.


Prado, Javier Calzada, and Miguel Ángel Marzal. 2013. “Incorporating Data Literacy into Information Literacy Programs: Core Competencies and Contents.” Libri 63 (2): 123–34.

Tenopir, Carol, Robert J. Sandusky, Suzie Allard, and Ben Birch. 2013. “Academic Librarians and Research Data Services: Preparation and Attitudes.” IFLA Journal 39 (1): 70–78.



What does value mean in Academic Libraries?

Academic libraries have incredible value resources, thanks in large part to ACRL initiative which include strong assessment research, significant learning outcomes content, the Oakleaf study on value, the ACRL Blog for updating value content and a myriad of other workshops and research content on the librarys role in the academy. The meaning of value therefore is broad but the primary focus has been on the value of collections, although there is a growing body of literature on the value of the professional in - for example - reference services and above all - the value of the librarian in designing curriculum and support for instruction as well as in the primary roles of the librarian in the classroom as instructor in information literacy.

Given this leadership and in concert with ARL and OCLC data - specifically on collections and user studies - there are a myriad of institutional data sets and reports on values and roles of libraries from academic institutions. One will note that the "examples" column is currently empty, due in large part to the absence of content within institutional data on the value of librarians (exclusive of health professional content from academic settings.) As the initiative moves along, studies that include content on library professionals will be included.

Examples of Academic Library Value Data

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