New Searchable Bibliographic Database of Library Value and ROI Literature


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to announce that a website for „Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries (Lib-Value),“ a three-year project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is now available at

A searchable bibliographic database of library value and ROI literature is now freely available. The database currently contains more than 400 entries, including books, book chapters, journal articles, theses and dissertations, reports, presentations, and free websites, covering the expanding literature on library value and evaluation, return on investment in libraries of all kinds, as well as foundational material on methodologies for determining value. This is a valuable resource for any professional interested in getting a head start on assessing library value updated on a regular basis. The database was compiled by Rachel Fleming-May, assistant professor in the UT College of Communication and Information’s (CCI) School of Information Sciences, and Crystal Sherline, a graduate student in the CCI.

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