As a follow up research project to the 2012 SAGE commissioned study, ‘Working together: evolving value for academic libraries’, which investigated library value and reported on findings from the UK, US and Scandinavia, we are extremely pleased to announce a new research study that we are undertaking, in consultation with LISU, to investigate library value in the developing world. The project, ‘Library Value in the Developing World’ will investigate the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff at twelve institutions selected from countries classified by the World Bank as low income and middle income economies (i.e. with a GNI less than $4035).
The aim of the study is to provide the academic library community in developing countries with a better understanding of the connections between academic libraries and academic departments, and to identify practical ways to enhance their working relationship. ‘Library Value in the Developing World’ will focus on the similarities and differences from numerous countries. The research team will be working with and using case studies from the following participant universities:
- Honduras (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras)
- Indonesia (Indonesian Research Institute)
- Ghana (University of Cape Coast)
- Georgia (National Scientific Library)
- Kenya (Maseno University)
- Nigeria (Convenant University)
- Nigeria (Obafemi Awolowo University)
- Philippines (University of the Philippines Visayas)
- Senegal (University of Thies)
- Uganda (Makerere University)
- Ukraine (Institute of Intellectual Property of National University, Kiev)
- Zimbabwe (University of Zimbabwe)
As Stephen Barr, President SAGE International said:
In frequent conversations with our librarian partners globally, a common problem we hear is that more recognition is needed within institutions of the value of the services that libraries provide. We hope that this research project can be a step towards helping librarians in developing countries identify ways of promoting their services and of collaborating with academic departments to make full use of the value of libraries for teaching and research.
The results of the research project will be published in the summer of 2013. Keep your eyes on SAGE Connection for further details on the report and the announcement of the results later this year!
If you would like more details on the project, please get in touch with our Group Marketing Manager, Nell McCreadie.