An Evaluation of the Benefits and Value of Libraries


  • Viveca Nyström, Consultant
  • Linnéa Sjögren, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

An Evaluation of the Benefits and Value of Libraries provides guidance on how to evaluate libraries and contains many useful examples of methods that can be used throughout this process. There is substantial focus on the importance of goals and objectives, along with advice on strategies that can be used in the case of libraries that may not be well resourced for conducting surveys. The text will be useful as a handbook, and does not assume prior knowledge of finance or economics. A guide on how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on library services and a discussion on how to use scenario analysis and the persona method is provided, as are examples of customer surveys, for users and non-users alike.
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Librarians, students, and those principally involved in library management and library evaluation


Book information

  • Published: December 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-686-9

Table of Contents

What is benefit assessment? Libraries and the surrounding world; Goals, mission statements and methods; Financial benefit assessment; Cost-benefit analysis of one-time investments; Customer surveys; Persona method; The balanced scorecard.