October 17, 2021

Research Article (Preprint): “The Librarian Activity Project: A Time Allocation Study of Academic Public Services Librarians”

The following article (accepted for publication, copy edited, preprint) was recently made available by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Title

The Librarian Activity Project: A Time Allocation Study of Academic Public Services Librarians

Authors

Brian Winterman
Herman B Wells Library of Indiana University Bloomington

Andrew Asher
Herman B Wells Library of Indiana University Bloomington

Source

portal: Libraries in the Academy
Article to Appear in Volume 21 Issue 3

Abstract

Typical internal assessment practices of academic libraries such as instructional or reference statistics can be valuable measures but provide a limited view of overall academic librarian impact. To examine librarian work more comprehensively and with emphasis on institutional outcomes, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries conducted a time-allocation study of the activities of public services librarians. This article describes the goals, methods, and results of the Librarian Activity Project, which aimed to determine what librarian work activities can be accurately assessed to empirically demonstrate library value and impact.

 

Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
22 pages; PDF.

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