Document Type



Demonstrating library value is of critical importance to all libraries, both to protect services and to serve patrons effectively. This paper presents suggestions for art and architecture libraries as they engage in determining what patrons value and documenting that value for library and campus administrators. Methods for calculating worth and for presenting a case are provided, as are ways of using strategic thinking and the assessment process to ensure the continuance of valuable services should budget reductions be unavoidable.


Academic Libraries – Evaluation; Library surveys; Library users; Public services (Libraries) – Evaluation


Categorical Data Analysis | Library and Information Science | Multivariate Analysis | Organizational Communication

Publisher Citation

Brown, J. M. (2011). Demonstrating library value: Examples and applications for arts libraries. Art Documentation, 30, 48-53.

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