Helping libraries highlight their impact and value

Recently, we held a thought-provoking strategy session with a university library to see how they could highlight their impact and value in their institution.

We're talking to more and more libraries who are looking at their strategy and position in their institutions, so we thought we'd summarize some findings:

Academic libraries operate within and contribute to the ever-changing environment of higher education (HE) and research. Being aware of what is changing and ensuring that libraries can continue to play a useful role in higher education is key to the success and longevity of HE libraries.

We have identified five key areas which can be used to summarize the range of challenges facing HE libraries today:

  1. Budgets

  2. Key library functions

  3. Global context - THE World University Rankings, QS international university league table, emerging superpower of China

  4. Perception

  5. Adaptability

Libraries are essential to higher education institutes and need future proofing. The challenges above are complex and demanding in terms of resource, management and strategic planning. That said, HE libraries are adaptable by nature, and well-positioned to take on these challenges and demonstrate how they are a key part of the current and future HE landscape.

What makes HE libraries integral to the HE and research world?

  • Making HE more affordable and accessible

  • Responding to the real needs of the HE community

  • Connecting researchers to the wider community

  • Focusing on user experience

  • Supporting the research strategy of the institution

  • Enriching the student experience

Which practical ways can libraries have an impact?

Are there any real world examples?

What further reading on the usefulness and importance of university libraries is recommended?

If you're looking to find out more about how we can help you with your strategy, please get in touch and we will happily help.

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