Working Together: Saskatchewan Libraries and other Information Providers

This discussion paper, released in 2005 and available via the Saskatchewan Libraries website. The paper discusses the benefits of the multi-type library board, and provides research on the impact of information services in Saskatchewan in terms of communities, culture and recreation, youth, health, rural life, and indigenous peoples. The paper concludes with a set of Read More…

Retail Value Calculator Developed by National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Thank you to my SLA colleagues for bringing this tool to my attention. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has developed a tool to calculate the value of a medical library to it’s institution. The calculator uses a “replacement value” methodology, where the retail cost to replace the librarian and the materials in your Read More…

The Universal Procedure for Library Assessment: A statistical model for condition surveys of special collections in libraries

The Universal Procedure for Library Assessment: A statistical model for condition surveys of special collections in libraries by┬áSam Capiau, Marijn de Valk and Eva Wuyts published in the IFLA Journal, Volume 41, Number 3, October 2015 Abstract To project the needs for conserving and preserving special collections in libraries, the Flanders Heritage Library foundation developed Read More…

Worth Every Cent and More: An independent assessment of the return on investment of health libraries in Australia (2013)

This study was commissioned by Health Libraries Inc and Health Libraries Australia, a national group of the Australian Library and Information Association. The study was conducted by SGS Economic and Planning in 2013. Snippet: The partners commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning to survey health libraries across the nation and from this to assess Read More…

Minnesota Dept of Transportation Library Valuation/ROI Study (2013)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation Library conducted a valuation and ROI study in 2013. This study is one of the few valuation studies that have been conducted for a special (non-public or non-academic) library. Snippet: While an abundance of research is available for the ROI of public and academic libraries, practically no valuation studies have Read More…