Measuring the impact of higher education libraries: the LIRG/SCONUL Impact Implementation Initiative

Philip Payne, Angela Conyers


The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)
and the Society of College, National, and University
Libraries (SCONUL) are working together on a joint
initiative looking at the impact of higher education
libraries on learning, teaching, and research. Twentytwo
libraries have been involved in assessing the impact of particular services or new innovations in their institutions. This article considers why measuring impact is important, describes the background to the Impact Initiative and what led to it being set up, identifies the institutions that are involved and their chosen topics, outlines what is involved for the participating institutions, and reviews progress to date.


higher education libraries; impact measurement;

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