IMLS grant on Lib-Value featured at the ARL Library Assessment Forum

Friday, January 15, 2010
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Library Assessment Forum:
Effective, Sustainable, and Practical Assessment
InterContinental Hotel
Griffin/Robinson Room
Boston MA

The forum focused on the recent IMLS grant on Return on Investment (ROI) awarded to ARL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Tennessee with a presentation by Carol Tenopir, co-PI, who led a discussion on the research that has taken place to this date and engaged the community to shape the ROI methodologies developed. The Forum also included a presentation by Linda Plunket (Boston University) regarding their efforts to create a culture of assessment. An update and community discussion about the 2010 Library Assessment Conference to be held on October 25–27 in Baltimore, Maryland, concluded the meeting.

One Response to IMLS grant on Lib-Value featured at the ARL Library Assessment Forum

  1. Martha Kyrillidou March 12, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    ——– Original Message ——–
    Subject: Re: ROI and value of library?
    Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 08:26:53 -0500
    From: Kimberlee
    Reply-To: uls-l@ala.org
    To: uls-l@ala.org
    References:

    > Perhaps the following two resources from the public library world would help and/or be adaptable:
    >
    > A “library use value calculator” that looks at the costs of use vs value (in monetary terms) for various transactions such as reference questions asked, and CDs borrowed: http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/library_info/calculator.html
    >
    > A manual from the Southern Ontario Library Service The library’s contribution to your community revised and re-issued in 2007 about how to demonstrate the value of one’s library services in terms “key funders” can understand.
    >
    Best of Luck,

    Kimberlee

    On 2010-03-10, at 6:37 PM, Sara Tompson wrote:

    > Hi Alice:
    >
    > Are you a member of the Special Libraries Association/SLA or are any of your colleagues?
    >
    > SLA members have been working the value proposition for years.
    >
    > Part of our recent alignment (w/parent org values, etc.) project has some good information — much of it is available to non members, it seems, I just accessed w/out logging in.
    >
    > Take a look here: http://www.sla.org/content/SLA/alignment/portal/index.html
    >
    > and here:
    > http://www.sla.org/content/learn/members/competencies/index.cfm
    >
    > Hope this helps!
    >
    > Sara
    > SLA-SCC Professional Development Chair
    >
    >
    > * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    > Sara R. Tompson
    > Associate Dean for Public Service
    > USC Libraries
    > sarat@usc.edu
    > http://isd.usc.edu/~sarat/
    > * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    >
    > —– Original Message —–
    > From: Alice Daugherty
    > Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 1:27 pm
    > Subject: ROI and value of library?
    > To: uls-l@ala.org
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> Hello all,
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I am requesting guidance and wisdom regarding an issue that seems
    >
    >> murkyto me at the moment; and that is finding “what value our unit
    >
    >> (which is
    >
    >> the library) brings to the table” and also “how to demonstrate the
    >
    >> impacts and benefits (the library) has on our community.”
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I am also limited because I can only discuss Reference, GovDocs and
    >
    >> CD ;
    >
    >> well, and perhaps a smattering of circ statistics.
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> The above charge has been given to all units on campus.
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I am aware that we can find out who the stakeholders are and we can
    >
    >> do a
    >
    >> needs analysis of our patrons. We can also gather typical statistics
    >
    >> such as Reference Desk stats, VR stats, gate counts, etc. but then
    >
    >> what?
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I am familiar with the Illinois study and I have been to a few ROI
    >
    >> colloquiums, but I can’t help but wonder for those of you that are
    >
    >> administrators out there – how are you portraying the worth and
    >
    >> value of
    >
    >> your libraries?
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> You may reply off list if you would like.
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Thank you.
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Alice
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Alice Daugherty
    >
    >>
    >> Information Literacy Librarian
    >
    >>
    >> Liaison to Linguistics, Communication Sciences &
    >
    >>
    >> Disorders, and Communication Studies
    >
    >>
    >> Louisiana State University
    >
    >>
    >> Baton Rouge, LA 70803
    >
    >>
    >> 225.578.7652
    >
    >>
    >>
    >

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