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Measuring value and return on investment of academic libraries

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Carol Tenopir ,

University of Tennessee
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Donald W King,

University of Tennessee
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Regina Mays,

University of Tennessee
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Lei Wu,

University of Tennessee
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Andrea Baer

University of Tennessee
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Abstract

The value of an academic library to its parent institution is difficult, but important, to measure. Many different methods have been used to measure value, including return on investment (ROI), contingent valuation, and other explicit and implicit measures. In a recent study we looked at the value and ROI of the library e-journal collections in the grants process in eight universities in eight countries.The results show that library-provided access to scholarly journals supports faculty productivity and that faculty members value and use electronic resources to support their research, grant and publishing activities.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1629/23182
How to Cite: Tenopir, C., King, D.W., Mays, R., Wu, L. and Baer, A., 2010. Measuring value and return on investment of academic libraries. Serials, 23(3), pp.182–190. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/23182
Published on 01 Nov 2010.
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