In the current economic climate, every dollar spent in support of libraries—whether public, academic, school or special libraries—is being more closely scrutinized than ever. In these circumstances, value calculations and Return on Investment (ROI) tools can provide powerful arguments for continued funding. In most cases, a snapshot of the value that your library provides will necessarily look backward, taking into account current services and resources. But are there ways to calculate value going forward? In an information landscape that seemingly changes from day to day, a view of your library’s future value may be an important consideration for budgetary analysis and planning. [...] We don’t know where it’s going, or how it will end up. Anyone who thinks they do is just fooling themselves. There is instability in the environment. Everyone used to know what a library was. But there are no agreed upon parameters for this digital onslaught.”

John V. Lombardi (1942-)

 



 
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