Proving the 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.
Various initiatives are underway:
As part of the UPLS self evaluation a Value Team looked into various issues relating to value:
Using available data on the web for an informal benchmarking exercise is a useful way of getting started and identifying areas for further investigation and discussion.