VALA2010 Session 5 Tenopir

VALA20120Value and future of library e-resources

Tuesday 9 February 2010, 15:15 – 15:45
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperCarol Tenopir

Chancellor’s Professor, University of Tennessee, USA

Donald King

Distinguished Research Scientist, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA

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Academic libraries are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the value of their collections to their stakeholders and to focus on products and services that support e-science. If the costs of library services increase and the perception of the importance of the library decreases, a value gap can result. Measures of value, including usage, explicit value, contingent valuation, and return on investment can help demonstrate the current value of the library and help librarians set priorities for the future. Recent studies demonstrate that library journal and book e-collections hold many implicit and explicit values in helping staff and students do their work, obtain grants, and improve their research. Libraries can also play a role in data archiving and distribution and in many phases of research.