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
We are sharing resources on Assessment:Altmetrics.
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! :-)