The perceived value of the academic library: A systematic review

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Introduction. Academic libraries increasingly need to justify their contributions to their funding institution. Data on the impact and value of the library serves to render libraries’ value visible. This review aimed to explore how the value of the academic library is perceived by the funding institutions, the public, users and staff. Method. Scopus, LISA and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global was used as data sources for the comprehensive search strategy. Analysis. Study selection was done independently by two reviewers. Risk of bias criteria as well as a data extraction form was developed. Evaluation and data extraction were done by the first author and confirmed by the second author. Results. The included studies use quantitative as well as qualitative methods. The included studies are focusing on varying groups (e.g., international students, librarians, faculty members) from institutions all over the world (e.g., United States, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom). Conclusion. A number of facets of values are identified and the implications of these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInformation Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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