How we talk about assessment: A new framework for digital libraries

Caroline Muglia, Elizabeth J. Kelly, Genya O’gara, Ayla Stein, Santi Thompson, Liz Wolcott

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In 2017, six institutions received an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Forum Grant to conduct a year-long comprehensive needs assessment. Through various survey instruments and outreach methods, the digital library community’s input revealed the need for reuse assessment practices and requirements of digital assets held by cultural heritage and research organizations. While the current literature outlines traditional library metrics and assessment, the authors focused on the ways in which users utilize and transform unique assets from digital collections. The needs assessment found that the digital library community wants to more deeply understand how digital assets are reused and repurposed. This article examines the initial qualitative and quantitative analysis of a community needs assessment that showcases the current and anticipated landscape of digital library reuse assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-212
Number of pages5
JournalSerials Librarian
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jun 14 2019


  • Assessment
  • Cultural heritage organizations
  • Digital libraries
  • Repositories
  • Reuse
  • Value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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