Thursday, August 29, 2013

Library Value in the Developing World

Raising awareness of how the library supports teaching and research staff is key to demonstrating library value in developing countries, concludes a new report published today. The findings are the result of a six-month research study with twelve developing country institutions conducted by SAGE exploring perceptions of the value of academic libraries by teaching and research staff in developing countries.

‘Library Value in the Developing World’ reports that developing country librarians are beginning to recognize the importance of evaluating their value for research and teaching staff. Communicating the value of their role however remains a key challenge. Librarians noted that whilst they receive positive feedback about the resource collections they provide, there is limited awareness of how librarians can better support research and teaching staff beyond these traditional parameters.

Outlined in the report are examples of best practice from the case study institutions, along with recommendations on how working relations between academic libraries and stakeholders could be enhanced.

* Direct link to document (PDF)

*Press Release

1 comment:

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

As an educator, I believe that the value of libraries is underestimated these days. That's why I always require my students to use a variety of resources when doing their research. If I don't, they'll "google" their way through it, which in my mind could be dangerous. :{