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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.
Of the choices below, what do you think is the GREATESTVALUE of academic libraries?
Providing scholarly collections: 5 votes (22.73%)
Assisting with teaching and pedagogy: 5 votes (22.73%)
Developing information literacy: 10 votes (45.45%)
Providing flexible work spaces: 2 votes (9.09%)
Total Votes: 22
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.
The summits convened institutional teams of senior librarians, chief academic administrators and institutional researchers from 22 postsecondary institutions as well as fifteen representatives from higher education organizations, associations and accreditation bodies.
Quick poll on threats to libraries
Of the choices below, which do you think is the GREATEST THREAT to academic libraries?
Change-averse library culture: 3 votes (15%)
Inaccurate perceptions of what libraries are: 10 votes (50%)
Inadequate skill sets of library staff: 1 votes (5%)
Funding issues and publisher inflation: 3 votes (15%)
Our technology is outstripped by Google and others: 3 votes (15%)