Posts Tagged 'Library Value'

Podcast summarising the findings now available!

Claire Creaser and Valérie Spezi, authors of the report, have now recorded a podcast summarising the main findings of the project report:


The final report

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.

Survey about the value of academic libraries to teaching and research staff

We need your input!

We have conducted 8 case studies in three regions – the UK, USA and Scandinavia – to uncover examples of good practice in relation to raising the profile and value of the library within the institution, and to teaching and research staff in particular. 

This survey is the final stage of the project, and aims to explore some of the case study findings in the wider academic library sector. We want to know whether our findings resonate with librarians’ experience at their institution.

To this end we invite you to complete this short survey (10 minutes) and share your views and experiences at your library. 

This survey is open to all higher education librarians. We particularly encourage academic liaison librarians, or individuals in a similar position, to complete the survey.  Please feel free to distribute this survey to colleagues at your library.

Please follow this link  to take part.

 The survey will remain open until 16th May 2012.

 For any questions please contact us at

Thank you.


Initial summary of results published for UKSG 2012

See our Publications page for a new set of slides and summary produced to coincide with the UKSG 2012 conference.

Call for participation

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.


‘Working together: evolving value for academic libraries’ is a six-month research project that will investigate the value of academic libraries for academic departments.

For more information

Please visit this site again soon for updates about the project, and to participate in the project blog.

For details of how you can get involved in the project, please visit our About the project and Contact pages.