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ERIC Number: EJ987719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9670
Value of Collections: A Study of Australia's Group of 8 University Libraries
Missingham, Roxanne; Zobec, Helena
Australian Library Journal, v61 n3 p212-224 Aug 2012
Demonstrating the value of library and information services has been a theme in library discussions in recent years. The application of many different approaches to evaluation has waxed and waned together with the development of theories of evaluation across the humanities and social sciences. Over the past two decades research and activity on library value has seen the adoption of new approaches and an increase in the number of studies. There has been a new enthusiasm for harnessing increasingly sophisticated methods and a great range of metrics has resulted from these approaches. The development of more complex means of valuing library services has taken the road from simple output measures to calculating broad social value measures. This paper provides a summary of a report by Outsell commissioned by the Group of 8 University libraries in Australia which was led by Vic Elliott, then University Librarian, Australian National University (Elliott 2010). (Contains 9 tables and 4 graphs.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia