我們常都認為做了種種的改善或功能的提升後，可以幫助讀者如何如何….，但這些努力對學校高層重要嗎？還是說可以上報比起這些都來的重要？美國學術與研究圖書館學會(ACRL) 在2010年花了許多時間討論學術圖書館的價值，也有出版一份 Value of Academic Libraries Report，只是這些價值學校買單嗎？
美國帝博大學(DePaul University) 圖書館館長 Scott Walter 在月初舉行的第12屆 International Conference on Performance Management in Libraries 研討會中發表 “Communicating Value Across the University: Library Assessment Across Academic, Student, and Administrative Afffairs”，表示根據最近一份調查顯示，美國圖書館主管們對於如何將圖書館的貢獻傳達給校方甚為關心，或許這篇文章中的 case study 可以提供一些參考。
A recent survey of US library directors has identified concerns in regard to their ability to communicate library contributions to student success to senior leadership and other institutional stakeholders, and to communicate the ways in which academic libraries contribute to strategic initiatives at the institutional level. This paper presents a case study of an academic library in which alignment with the university mission and strategic plan, and alignment of library assessment efforts with the broader culture of assessment at the university, have resulted in improved communication of library value to senior leadership, new investment in library facilities, and enhanced opportunities for collaboration across the university on strategic initiatives including student success, innovation in teaching and scholarship, and community engagement.
1.ACRL — Value of Academic Libraries Report
2.Scott Walter — Communicating Value Across the University: Library Assessment Across Academic, Student, and Administrative Afffairs