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Value of Academic Libraries: Return on Investment

Intended to serve as a clearinghouse for studies, reports, and information relating to assessing the value of academic libraries.

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Older ROI Articles and Studies

Abram, Stephen. (2005, December 14).  The value of libraries: Impact, normative data, and influencing funders. Sirsi/Dynix One Source

Fraser, Bruce T., McClure, Charles R., and Leahy, Emily H. Toward a Framework for Assessing Library and Institutional Outcomes.  Portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol 2, No. 4 (2002) p. 505-528.

Holt, Glen E. (1997). A San Francisco story: Economics and Politics in the Age of Electronic Media, Bottomline, 10 (2 ), 84-87.

Holt, Glen E. (1996). Something More Than Sound Bites: Communicating Value to Library Constituencies. Bottomline, 9 (3), 36-39.

Holt, Glen E., et al.  Libraries are Valuable--Prove It!: Prepared for the Public Library Association Pre-Conference, July 7, 2000.  St. Louis, MO. :St. Louis Public Library, 2000.

Holt, Glen E. & Elliott, Donald. (1998, September). Development of a Portable Cost Benefit Methodology for Urban Libraries.

Kingma, Bruce R. (2001). The Economics of Information: A Guide to Economic and Cost-Benefit Analysis for Information Professionals (Second Edition). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Matthews, Joseph R.  Measuring for Results: The Dimensions of Public Library Effectiveness.  Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.

Matthews, Joseph R. The Bottom Line: Determining and Communicating the Value of the Special Library.  Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2002.

McCook, Kathleen de la Pena.   Serving the Demands of Democracy: The Critical Role of Libraries in Ensuring the Full Civic Participation of a Diverse Population  Threshold, Winter 2004, pp. 22-30.

McNicol, Sarah.   The eVALUEd Toolkit: A Framework for the Qualitative Evaluation of Electronic Information Services.  VINE 34, no. 4 (2004): p. 172-175.

Norton, Tom Albert. Demonstrating the Value of Library and Information Services. Science and Technology Libraries 36 (1991), 90-93.

Olson, Chris.   What's in it for them? Communicating the Value of Information Services (pdf). Information Outlook, November 2002, pp. 19-23.

Oppenheim, Charles. (1986, July). The Value of Library and Information Services: And How to Beat the Economists at Their Own Game. State Librarian 34 , 24-26.

Rudd, Peggy D.   Documenting the Difference: Demonstrating the Value of Libraries Through Outcome Measurement,   Perspectives on Outcome Based Evaluation for Libraries and Museums, Washington D.C.: Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2002, p. 16-23.

Simoneaux, L. and Miller, W. (1998).  Provosts, Libraries, and Electronic Information: Reports from AAHE and CNI. College & Research Libraries News. 59(6).

Saracevic, Tefko; Kantor, Paul B.  Studying the value of library and information services. Part II. Methodology and taxonomy (pdf). Journal of American Society for Information Science, 48 (1997), p. 543-563.

Strouse, Roger.  Demonstrating Value and Return on Investment: The Ongoing Imperative. Information Outlook 7 (3) (2003), p. 14-20.

Task Force on Academic Library Outcomes Assessment Report. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). (1998).

The Future of Libraries: Six Perspectives on How Libraries, Libraries, Librarians, and Library Patrons will Adapt to Changing Times.  Threshold, Winter 2004.

American's for Libraries Council. Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Citizen and Leadership Attitudes About Libraries in the 21st Century

Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation (pdf). American's for Libraries Council, May 2007

Broady-Preston, Judith and Williams, Tegwen.  Using Information to create business value: City of London legal firms, a case study. Proceedings of the 5th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, 2003.

Payne, Philip, Crawford, John and Fiander, Wendy. Counting on Making a Difference: Assessing Our Impact. VINE 34, no. 4 (2004): p. 176-183 Journal Code: VERI [academic libraries, UK]

Measuring Our Value. The British Library. (pdf) and (pdf)


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