To study the use of library collections, Carol Tenopir and Donald King
of UT are updating a cost and readership study at the University of
Pittsburgh, first done in 2002–2004. In addition to collecting longitudinal
data that will give an invaluable snapshot of the rapid changes in the
processes and functioning of the library as well as the impact of these
changes on costs, this study will look at how library journal collections
affect the success and productivity of faculty and students.
Rachel Fleming-May and Crystal Sherline of UT are conducting an
experimental-design study of the impact and outcomes of library
instruction on learning. This study is examining how multiple types of
library instruction impact various measures of student success, including
learning outcomes, library anxiety, and information literacy. The study will
also investigate how the library as place affects students’ comfort with,
enjoyment of, and perception of the larger university.
Ken Wise and Gayle Baker of UT are examining the value of special
collections, including the role that special collections play in donations from
alumni and the community, in recruiting faculty and students, and in
generating goodwill and prestige for the university.
Finally, Martha Kyrillidou and the team at ARL will be involved in multiple
aspects of the project, from promoting public awareness to developing web-
based tools that implement the models the larger team develops. In
addition, Kyrillidou is working with the team to integrate data that has
already been collected through existing ARL tools. This integration
supports an important goal of the project: to make value and ROI
assessments as easy and seamless as possible for overworked and
overloaded professionals, largely by utilizing pre-existing data-collection
methods wherever possible.
These projects are the beginning, but by no means the end, of what Lib-Value
hopes to accomplish. Information will be distributed via the project website2
and
through ARL as the study progresses. Project feedback, updates, and
presentations have been featured at the ARL Library Assessment Forum held on
Friday afternoons prior to American Library Association Annual Conferences
and Midwinter Meetings. The Library Assessment Blog is an additional venue
for disseminating related news and information.3 An important factor in
determining the research priorities for Lib-Value has been the feedback received
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