• Revised Scholarly Reading Reports

The United States and Australia reports on scholarly reading patterns for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students have been revised. 

Don King's report on comprehensive study of library services at two universities is now available here.  This study examined the services at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Bryant University in Rhode Island.

  • Scholarly Reading reports for the United States and Australia now available

Dr. Carol Tenopir's reports on scholarly reading patterns for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are now available.  These reports are based on studies conducted at five United States universities and two universities in Australia.


  • Free Monthly Webcast Series Begins February 14, 2013


ARL will be hosting a series of free monthly webcasts highlighting results from the Lib-Value project, beginning with Undergraduate Student Success on February 14 at 1:00pm.  Registration is now open.  A recording of each session will also be freely available on ARL's YouTube channel after each live event.  

For more information, see the press release at  

To register for a session, go to  

  • New Bibliography from IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations has released an updated bibliography regarding the impact of libraries!  Compiled by Roswitha Poll, in Munster, Bibliography "Impact and Outcome of Libraries" is posted on  the Statistics and Evaluation Section of the IFLA's website The bibliography is a 49-page PDF file with 421 citations organized into ten sections: Projects, Bibliographies, General, Impact on Information Literacy, Impact on Academic Success, Social Impact, Impact of Electronic Services, Financial Value of Libraries, Impact of School Libraries, and Impact of Special Libraries.  We also posted a link on our Related Links tab.  The direct link to the IFLA's bibliography is  

  • Lib-Value at ALA

Lib-Value was at ALA's Annual Conference this year in Anaheim, California.  Dr. Carol Tenopir (University of Tennessee) and Bruce Kingma (Syracuse University) presented.  For more information, please see the ALA Anaheim: 2012 Annual Conference website.

  • Dr. Tenopir's presentation slides are here.
  • Bruce Kingma's presentation slides are here.
  • Presentation handout is here.
  • Bryant University Report available

Don King's report on the comprehensive study of library services is now available here.  This study is a comprehensive assessment of all library services in a single library environment.  It was launched at Bryant University, a small private university in Rhode Island.

Don's survey instruments from the similiar Drexel study:

  • Lib-Value at QQML

QQML (Qualitative and Quanititative Methods in Libraries) is an international conference dedicated to the different methodologies used in library science research.  According to the conference's website, QQML "aims to the assessment and improvement of the services, to the measurement of the functional effectiveness and efficiency."  QQML 2012 focused on new trends in library science. This year's conference takes place May 22-25 in Limerick, Ireland.

Lib-Value was well represented with presentations from:

For more information on the conference, visit their website.

  • New Tenopir article in Library Management:

Dr. Carol Tenopir’s “Beyond usage: measuring library outcomes and values” appears in Library Management Vol. 33, issue 1/2.  The article examines two ways to measure the explicit and derived values of academic libraries.  These values go beyond usage reports to measure outcomes (explicit) and to explain monetary value (derived) of library collections and services.  In particular, Tenopir discusses critical incident of use and Return on Investment (ROI).  Results from several studies are used.  This paper was originally presented at the QQML Conference in Athens, Greece in May 2011.  To read the entire article go here.

  • Scholarly reading report now available

The Scholarly Reading and the Value of Library project measures the value and outcomes from access to scholarly publications in six universities in the United Kingdom.  The study is based on academic readership surveys conducted since 1977 by Tenopir & King.  Through funding by JISC Collections and partnership with the University of Tennessee, the project analyzes the academic staff's article, book, and other publication reading patterns and how the readings shape and influence their work.  The findings show that academics spend a large portion of their work time on scholarly reading, and that scholarly reading adds value to the work of the university.  In addition, it provides evidence that a well-resourced library, in particular e-collections, may have a correlation to the university's overall strength and success.  The full report can be found here:

  • Lib-Value at ALA Midwinter

 ALA Midwinter is an annual meeting of all the divisions of the American Library Association in January.  The meeting included a variety of discussion groups and forums, exhibitors, speakers, and professional development opportunities.  This year, ALA Midwinter convened in Dallas, Texas (January 20-24, 2012).  For more information on ALA Midwinter, see

The following Lib-Value team members participated in the Midwinter Meeting, January 20-24, 2012:

Researchers discussed several Lib-Value projects in presentations at the XXXI Annual Charleston Conference (Nov. 3-5, 2011).  Dr. Carol Tenopir gave an overview of the Lib-Value projects and results from the value and outcomes from scholarly reading.  Dr. Rachel Fleming-May discussed how library instruction contributes to teaching and learning; and Tina Chrzastowski presented her work with Paula Kaufman on E-book users’ attitudes and actions.

  • Lib-Value at the 9th Northumbria International Conference

Dr. Carol Tenopir (Tennessee) and Tina E. Chrzastowski (Illinois" presented at the 9th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services.  The conference, which was held last August at the University of York, United Kingdom, addressed the theme "Proving Value in Challenging Times.  On August 22, 2011, Tenopir gave the keynote address, "The IMLS Lib-Value Project: A Keynote Address." Chrzastowski presented "Assessing the Value of Ebooks to Academic Libraries and Users" on August 24, 2011.

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