The final report from this project was released last month.
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, but there is a perception that academic staff do not really know how to use all that the library can offer.
Read more about the findings, and download a copy here.
The response from the library community has been exceptional. We have had more than 16,000 visits to our blog, and many more people attend the presentations held on the report’s findings. We will continue to update this site with other output generated from this project, and hope that you will consider sharing your best practice and experiences on the site too.
We would like your views on some of the early findings from our case studies. To start with…
We have been told that many academics/faculty have difficulty with the term ‘information literacy’ – they don’t understand it, or why they need it. In the past it has been interpreted as ‘how to use the catalogue’, or a ‘research thing’. (UK)
What jargon-busting terms do you use to get your message across to research and teaching staff?
We are looking for higher education libraries, particularly in the US, UK and in Scandinavia, which are delivering exceptionally good and/or innovative support services to research and teaching staff.
If you think your academic library is doing well in supporting research and teaching faculty, we want to hear from you! Your library could be featured as an example of good practice helping the academic library community
- to promote and develop novel ways to strengthen its relations with academic departments;
- to enhance the marketing and profiling of library services for this constituency;
- to maximise its value to research and teaching staff; and
- to demonstrate that value within and beyond the institution.
If you would like to be considered as one of our eight case studies, to be undertaken during January to March 2012, or would like more information, please contact us.