Proving our worth: how will you do it?

International Librarians Network

Over the last two weeks we’ve looked at different ways you can measure and articulate the value of your library. We’ve talked a bit about statistics and numbers, considered whether we can or should use a return on investment model, and looked at a few ways we can talk to other people about our libraries.

Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like Cutting Hospitals in a Plague by Daniel Solis. Used under CC-BY.Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like Cutting Hospitals in a Plague by Daniel Solis. Used under CC-BY.

It’s important to remember that the value of libraries isn’t obvious to everyone. While we are obviously convinced that libraries provide fantastic services and valuable resources to communities, we have to recognise that funders and decision makers often have competing priorities. As individuals, we need to advocate for our libraries and our profession, and we need to do so based on evidence of impact and benefit. We shouldn’t leave this until the moment when someone is threatening…

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