value of a library is one of the major challenges for
libraries worldwide at the moment. The economic crisis which
put strain on library budgets is one reason for it.
A second, and perhaps more important one is the growing
"voice of the people", an empowerment outcome of the networked digital
society and widespread use of social media. Governments,
organisations and individuals are held accountable for what
they promised and people are expecting value for money
spent. The same applies to libraries.
initiatives are underway:
Lib-Value is a three year study focusing on value and
ROI in academic libraries.