The Scholarly Reading and the Value of Library Project

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: http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/News/UK-Scholarly-Reading/