24:1 (2009:03) 24th Annual Conference (2009) PPC Update: Carol Tenopir to Present 2009 Vision Session

February 4, 2009 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Program Planning | Leave a comment


Erika Ripley and Morag Boyd, PPC Co-Chairs

The Program Planning Committee is pleased to announce that Carol Tenopir will deliver a vision session at the NASIG 2009 Conference in Asheville, North Carolina.

Tenopir is chancellor’s professor at the University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher in library and information science. Her areas of teaching and research include information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, the information industry, online resources, and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists. She is the author of five books and over 200 journal articles.

Tenopir’s subject will be “Measuring the Value of the Academic Library: Return on Investment and Other Value Measures.”  It will draw on her recent work on measures of cost and the multiple values of library collections and services in the United States and other countries. She says, “In the past, the value of the library to the institution was assumed. Today, libraries of all types are asked to demonstrate the value of the library to its constituents and the return that is realized from funders’ investment in the library.  Several prominent return on investment (ROI) studies have been conducted in special libraries and public libraries, but both the investments and returns are different for academic libraries. Academic libraries bring direct monetary return in helping faculty attract grant funding, in addition to many downstream returns in terms of faculty and student success and loyalty. This talk will describe a three-phase project that brings together library researchers, organizations that work with libraries, and university libraries in eight countries to explore ROI in academic libraries.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming information on this year’s great programming.  We look forward to seeing everyone in Asheville.


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