Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference

From his address at the 2013 Northumbria Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries & Information Services, Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, calls for a major shift in the ways that libraries think about and gather data:

“There was a time when the research library had a monopoly on research—if you wanted to do research, you had to use the library, literally, physically. We lost that monopoly over the last 20 years but our historical-legacy thinking and practice have not come to terms with this loss. In fitting our measures to our goals, we need to realize this fundamental truth if we want to have a fighting chance and not focus on the library solely, but the world of information in which we now live.”

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