Toward New Measures

The requirement for ubiquitous access to print and electronic resources has become the norm in today’s research libraries. Being able to manage the acquisition, preservation and access to these resources is becoming increasingly difficult for libraries.

It is imperative for libraries to ensure that critical information and research is available for students, researchers and faculty.

The standard way to measure libraries’ impact on research and student learning no longer applies; the number of books on a shelf no longer signifies a library’s worth.

It is to this end that libraries must constantly assess and evaluate the value of collections and resources to its stakeholders. In order to do this, new ways of measuring impact and value must be developed to help CARL libraries ensure they are investing dollars in ways that best reflect their stakeholders’ needs.

Current initiatives

Developing effective electronic resource measurements (no page/content available at this time)

Related initiatives

The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era (Vincent Larivière, Stefanie Haustein, Philippe Mongeon)

McMaster University Library Strategic Plan and Scorecard