How best can we measure the benefits of digital libraries?
Potential steps to establish best practices and guidelines may include the following:
- Create operational definitions of value for digital libraries in general
- Assess alignment of benefits with institutional goals
- Develop standardized methods, comparable across institutions, to measure the benefits
The latter might include:
* Altmetrics * Citations * Web stats and Google Analytics * Other measurements and methods (such as surveys, focus groups) * Address special challenges raised by aggregation
There is a new NISO effort to begin to standardize altmetrics, which we hope to both inform and leverage to our benefit!
If you are interested in helping us develop best practices and guidelines for measuring benefits of digital libraries, please join our Digital Library Assessment Google Group and speak up! :-)