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LibValue Webcast Series Available on YouTube

LibValue webcast series on YouTubeVideos of six webcasts about assessing library value are available on ARL’s YouTube channel. The webcasts highlight results from the LibValue project, a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which academic libraries create value through research; teaching and learning; and social, professional, and public engagement.

From 2010 through 2013, the LibValue project conducted research on value and return on investment in libraries and developed a set of tools to aid library leaders in demonstrating the library’s value to university administrators and funders. The project was a collaboration among the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and ARL; with partners at Syracuse University and Bryant University.

The 2013 webcast series was hosted by Martha Kyrillidou, ARL senior director of statistics and service quality programs, and featured presentations from LibValue project researchers on undergraduate student success, the value of commons spaces, books and e-books, comprehensive approaches to defining library value, success in teaching and research, and digitized special collections. Details about and links to each webcast follow. 

Undergraduate Student Success (video)
Slides (pdf)

Aired February 14, 2013
Describes LibValue research conducted at the University of Tennessee assessing the library's role in undergraduate student success.

  • Rachel Fleming-May, Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
  • Regina Mays, Assistant Professor and Assessment Librarian, University of Tennessee
  • Teresa Walker, Associate Professor and Head of Integrated User Services, University of Tennessee

Value of Commons Spaces (video) 
Slides (pdf)
Aired March 21, 2013
Describes research conducted at the University of Tennessee on the value of the information commons.

  • Steven Smith, Professor and Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee
  • Gayle Baker, Professor and Electronic Resources Coordinator, University of Tennessee
  • Teresa Walker, Associate Professor and Head of Integrated User Services, University of Tennessee

Assessing the Value of E-Books to Academic Libraries and Users (video) 
Slides (pdf)
Aired April 18, 2013
Describes research conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on how libraries and library users value e-books.

  • Paula Kaufman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Illinois
  • Tina Chrzastowski, Chemistry Librarian and Professor of Library Administration, University of Illinois
  • Lynn Wiley, Head of Acquisitions and Associate Professor, University of Illinois

Comprehensive Approaches to Defining Library Value (video) 
Slides (pdf)
Aired May 9, 2013
Provides a broad overview of methods used to estimate value in academic libraries and describes a study that calculated return on investment at the Syracuse University Library in 2010–2011.

  • Bruce Kingma, Professor in the School of Information Sciences and Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University

Success in Teaching and Research (video)
Slides (pdf)
Aired June 13, 2013
Describes research examining faculty members' views on the value of scholarly collections in academic libraries.

  • Carol Tenopir, Professor in the School of Information Sciences and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, University of Tennessee
  • Rachel Fleming-May, Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee

Digitized Special Collections (video)
Slides (pdf)
Aired August 15, 2013
Describes how contingent valuation and Google Analytics can be used to measure the value of digitized special collections.

  • Ken Wise, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
  • Gayle Baker, Professor and Electronic Resources Coordinator, University of Tennessee

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