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Value of Academic Libraries: Defining Value

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

Quick poll on the value of academic libraries

Of the choices below, what do you think is the GREATESTVALUE of academic libraries?

Quick poll on the value of academic libraries
Providing scholarly collections: 4 votes (20%)
Assisting with teaching and pedagogy: 4 votes (20%)
Developing information literacy: 10 votes (50%)
Providing flexible work spaces: 2 votes (10%)
Total Votes: 20

Major reports on library value

"Academic libraries have long enjoyed their status as the “heart of the university.” However, in recent decades, higher education environments have changed. ... Community college, college, and university librarians no longer can rely on their stakeholders’ belief in their importance. Rather, they must demonstrate their value." - Value of Academic Libraries, ACRL, 2010.

Quick poll on threats to libraries

Of the choices below, which do you think is the GREATEST THREAT to academic libraries?

Quick poll on threats to libraries
Change-averse library culture: 3 votes (16.67%)
Inaccurate perceptions of what libraries are: 9 votes (50%)
Inadequate skill sets of library staff: 0 votes (0%)
Funding issues and publisher inflation: 3 votes (16.67%)
Our technology is outstripped by Google and others: 3 votes (16.67%)
Total Votes: 18