School of Business and Economics


12 Aug 2015

CIM academic wins Emerald Award for paper on libraries

Valerie Spezi Dr Spezi

Valerie Spezi, an academic at the SBE and a member of the Centre for Information Management, has been awarded a 2015 Outstanding Paper Award by the Emerald Literati Network for her paper entitled 'Working together: Library value at the University of Nottingham', which comes under the Performance Measurement and Metrics category.

A summary of Valerie's paper:
The purpose of this paper is to bring together the findings of two studies investigating the value of academic libraries to teaching and research staff in higher education institutions. The Working Together (WT) project was an international study, funded by SAGE Publishing, investigating the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff in the USA, UK and Scandinavia.

The Raising Academic Impact (RAI) project was an initiative of the University of Nottingham (UoN) aimed at increasing the impact of academic librarians in departments across the university by assessing perception and awareness of current library services and future needs of academic staff. Determining the value of academic libraries is a challenging task as very little evidence (beyond the anecdotal) is collected. Perceptions of library value vary greatly between what librarians think the value of their library is to academic staff and how academic staff actually value their library. Information literacy and study skills teaching are greatly valued by academic staff.

Despite current efforts, research support is still limited, owing to a cultural barrier hampering greater collaboration between libraries and academic staff in this area. Communication and marketing are keys to increase the value of academic libraries to teaching and research staff.

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