Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Advocate for libraries - Participate in a national effort to show the value of health sciences libraries

Many of you have probably already seen the below from your national and local listservs, but it bears repeating in conjunction with a link to a recording of a presentation (click to test your system connectivity) about the Library Value Calculator.

ADVOCATE FOR LIBRARIES! SHARE YOUR DATA! Libraries are facing with staff reductions and budget decreases. Librarians are responding by looking for ways to demonstrate their value and the value their libraries contribute to their parent organization.

We are collecting data from librarians so that we can show the aggregate value of health sciences libraries - by region, by state, by library type, by service. Enter your library statistics using the Library Value Calculator on the NN/LM MidContinental Region website (, then click the Submit Data button. Your library location (state only), library type, budget, timeframe, and the value of your library services and benefits will be added to the database.

We will not receive any personal information in the submission and we will not include in the database your name, email address or feedback, if sent. We are eager include your data and to hear your thoughts about the calculator and how you have or will use it.

The results of the value of health sciences libraries will be presented Sunday at 11:30 in the Library Toolkit program at MLA in Honolulu. Help us! Be part of the solution.

If you have ANY questions or encounter problems using the calculator please contact us or use the feedback form on the calculator website. We will be happy to work with you on the process of identifying and entering your data in the calculator.

Betsy Kelly
Assessment & Evaluation Liaison
NN/LM MidContinental Region
Becker Medical Library
Washington University in St. Louis
800.338.7657 opt 1/opt2/opt2

Barb Jones
Advocacy and Missouri Liaison
NN/LM MidContinental Region
J Otto Lottes Library
University of Missouri
Columbia MO
800.338.7657 opt 1/opt2/opt4