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Academic libraries face particular ongoing challenges in calculating and presenting their value to their parent institutions, primarily because of the dramatic effect on their traditional role of advancements in technology. The availability and dissemination of academic content has been greatly simplified by computerisation and the internet.
Adequately gauging the value of a library in today’s world requires a more subtle and considered approach to the work of libraries and librarians than hitherto, especially in the current recessionary economic environment.