This is the blog for the Library Impact Data Project, which is part of the JISC Activity Data programme.

Library Impact Data Project Phase 2 (Jan-Jul 2012)

The project will build upon the work carried out in phase 1. This work will cover 6 aims, which will further exploit the data, investigate possible causal aspects and disseminate findings from both phases as follows:

  • Addition of other relevant data such as UCAS points, demographics, retention data etc.
  • To study the impact of in house projects
  • To use the enriched data to provide better management information
  • Investigate three case studies of courses exhibiting non/low usage of library resources
  • To conduct a feasibility study on the viability of a JISC shared service that involves collection and analysis of library impact data for all UK HE libraries, including a workshop with SCONUL and RLUK to discuss opportunities with usage data and possibilities for shared services
  • To build on the phase 1 toolkit by offering a number of training courses and podcasts aimed at other librarians in UK HE

Library Impact Data Project Phase 1 (Feb – Jul 2011)

The following institutions are involved with the project:

  • University of Bradford
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Lincoln
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Salford
  • Teesside University

The aim of this project is to prove a statistically significant correlation between library usage and student attainment. By identifying subject areas or courses which exhibit low usage of library resources, service improvements can be targeted. Those subject areas or courses which exhibit high usage of library resources can be used as models of good practice.