NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics) Project

In June 2013, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded NISO a grant to undertake a two-phase initiative to explore, identify, and advance standards and/or best practices related to a new suite of potential metrics in the community. This initiative was a direct outgrowth of a breakout discussion group during the altmetrics 12 meeting in Chicago, IL. This project Read More…

Library Value in the Developing World

by Nell McCreadie Sage – July 2014 Follow on blog series and case study analysis from the 2013 research study conducted by SAGE in consultation with Claire Creaser of LISU (part of Loughborough University), and Lucy Browse of International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), investigating library value in the developing world. Outline Read More…

Making Assessment Less Scary: Academic libraries collaborate on an information literacy assessment model

By Nancy Goebel, Jessica Knoch, Michelle Edwards Thomson, Rebekah Willson, and Sara Sharun ACRL College & Research Library News – January 2013 Information literacy (IL) is widely recognized as a necessary skill for the information age, and post-secondary institutions and libraries spend large amounts of time and resources on information literacy instruction (ILI) programs. With tightening post-secondary budgets Read More…

Culture of Assessment: Five Mindsets

by Greg MacAyeal ACRL College & Research Library News – June 2014 The Northwestern University Library recently established a committee to coordinate efforts related to assessment. Of course, assessment and evaluation have taken place at Northwestern’s libraries for a long time. However, recent calls for more accountability in academic libraries and higher education made us Read More…

National Statistical and Values Profile of Canadian Libraries (2012)

This report represents the findings of the National Statistical and Values Profile of Canadian Libraries project, conducted by Alvin Schrader and Michael Brundin for the Canadian Library Association in November 2012. The CLA’s Library Statistics and Values Task Force continues to build on this work. Snippet: The goal of the project was to produce a Canadian Read More…

Working Together: Evolving Value for Academic Libraries

by Claire Creaser and Valérie Spezi, LISU, Loughborough University Sage – June 2012 Findings from three geographic areas, the United States, United Kingdom and Scandinavia, indicated that there is no systematic evidence of the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff. Despite this, librarians noted that they receive positive feedback about the support the library provides, Read More…

The Economic Impact of Libraries in Indiana (2007)

This report was commissioned by the Indiana State Library. Funding was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, through the Library Services and Technology Act. The report was prepared by the Indiana Business Research Center at the Kelley School of Business, University of Indiana. Snippet: [feature_box style=”1″ only_advanced=”There%20are%20no%20title%20options%20for%20the%20choosen%20style” alignment=”center”] The Read More…