The Lib-Value project was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library   Services (IMLS grant # LG-06-09-0152-09) and came to conclusion in 2012. A semi-active team periodically collects published library value related research to update and expand the bibliographic database.

For further information on the Lib-Value project please contact the bibliographic database team at

Management Team

Carol Tenopir (UT)– Lead Principal Investigator. Professor in the School of Information Sciences and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, University of Tennessee. Dr. Tenopir served as the project advisor to phase 1 and principal investigator to phase 2. Her MaxData project, sponsored by IMLS, compared various methods of library usage statistics to best demonstrate the use and value of library journal collections. She is a faculty associate and co-head of the Assessment and Usability Working Group for DataNetONE, an NSF Division of Cyberinfrastructure sponsored project. She has published widely on topics relating to electronic publishing and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists. She is an skilled project leader with years of research experience.

Paula Kaufman (UIUC) – Co-Principal Investigator. Professor and University Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Kaufman led the UIUC library team for the first phase of this study and coordinated all stages of that project from inception to dissemination. She brings more than 20 years of leadership as a research library director and has written and presented widely on the topics of library ROI, scholarly information, privacy, copyright, research libraries, recruitment, and leadership.

Martha Kyrillidou (ARL) – Director of ARL Statistics and Service Quality Programs at the Association of Research Libraries.  Kyrillidou is responsible for all aspects of the Statistics and Assessment capability at ARL which offers assessment products and services to the library community. She brings extensive experience in identifying measurement tools, preparing library assessment reports for research libraries and has also worked on many funded research projects. Kyrillidou will lead the ARL team, which will include analysis of ARL statistics, engagement of the ARL library community, and development and testing of ROI software tools.

Donald W. King (UT and Bryant Univesity) – Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences/Consultant.  King has over 40 years of research experience, much of it focusing on the value and ROI of libraries to their communities. An award-winning statistician, King is a prolific author on the topics of the economic analysis and the evaluation of information systems, survey research, operations research, and the value of libraries. King served as a consultant on phase 2 of the ROI study and will bring extensive expertise in the development of data collection methods and on the development and calculation of ROI.

Bruce Kingma (Syracuse) – Professor School of Information Sciences, Assistant Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Syracuse University.  Kingma has published widely on the topic of the economics of information. With a background in both library and information science and management, Kingma reviewed the model that resulted from the first phase of the study and was instrumental in suggesting changes to it for other phases of the project. Kingma provides expertise in developing the model and calculation of ROI.

Tina Chrzastowski (UIUC) – Chemistry Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Automation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chrzastowski was an active participant in phase 1 of the ROI case study at UIUC.  She has conducted research and published on related topics, including science serials collections and library assessment. Chrzastowski will lead the UIUC library team.

Gayle Baker (UT) – Professor and Electronic Services Librarian, University of Tennessee, Libraries.  Baker was a participant in the IMLS-sponsored MaxData project, where she led the library/vendor reports team. Baker also co-leads the UT involvement in ROI phase 2. She has extensive experience with academic library digital collections and evaluation of collections. Baker will co-lead the UT library team.

Teresa B. Walker (UT) – Associate Professor and Head, Integrated User Services, University of Tennessee Libraries.  Walker leads a department of librarians and staff in conceptualizing and implementing library services in the Commons that include information and referral, instruction, student engagement, outreach, circulation, media collections, and media production. Her primary areas of focus include guiding the evolution of the learning commons, building campus partnerships to enhance learning, and applying emerging technologies to instructional services and undergraduate programming.  She is a member of the UT project team, contributing to the Commons and teaching/learning components of the study.

Ken Wise (UT) – Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Libraries. Wise has a business and economics degree in addition to the master’s in library science and served as Business Manager of the UT Libraries as well as research services and collections librarian. Wise co-leads the UT involvement in ROI phase 2 and will co-lead the UT library team with Baker in all aspects of the UT data collection and analysis and testing of the ARL ROI tools.

Regina Mays (UT) Assistant Professor and Assessment Librarian, University of Tennessee, Libraries. Formerly Program Manager of the Lib-Value project, Mays has experience in both public and academic libraries. She continues on the project as a member of the UT team, focusing on the commons, special collections, and teaching/learning legs of the study.

Megan Oakleaf (Syracuse) Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, iSchool.  Her research interests include outcomes assessment, evidence-based decision making, information literacy instruction, information services, and digital librarianship.  She is the author of the Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Report and Review and on the faculty of the ACRL Immersion Program.  Previously, Megan served as Librarian for Instruction and Undergraduate Research at North Carolina State University.  Prior to a career in librarianship, she taught advanced composition in Ohio public secondary schools.

Rachel Fleming-May (UT) Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences. Prior to earning her doctorate at the University of Alabama, Rachel worked as a public services librarian in public and academic library settings. In particular, her academic library work instilled a strong interest in assessing library resources and services. This was also a major focus of her dissertation, which considered the concept of “use” as it has developed in the library and information science literature.