Value and future of library e-resources
VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 5 – Metrics
Tuesday 9 February 2010, 15:15 – 15:45
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2010-proceedings/vala2010-session-5-tenopir
Chancellor’s Professor, University of Tennessee, USA
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.