JISC Collections, together with Professor
Carol Tenopir from the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the
University of Tennessee, has carried out research to measure the value and outcomes from access to scholarly publications by academics.
Presented in the UK Scholarly
Reading and the Value of Library Resources report, the research examines how valuable scholarly reading has
become for academics, especially in terms of access to journal articles. It
surveyed academic and associate staff at 6 UK Higher Education institutions in
2011 exploring how academic library collections support research and teaching activities and how reading patterns of articles, books, and
other materials differ.
The research also examined what academics would do if library
resources were not available. The findings suggest that without the library, academics
and their departments would not find articles of such quality, that they would
find fewer related articles, and that it would be a significantly more costly
and time-consuming process.
You can view the UK Scholarly
Reading and the Value of Library Resources report below or download it.