For the past couple of months I have been working on a great new project with HBR Consulting. HBR was awarded the opportunity to do a research study for the American Association of Law Libraries on the value of law libraries in today’s legal environment.

The project is important in my view because it aims to deliver actionable information for law libraries to adjust for their own organizations. A focus on facilitating communication  of value is a central component. Perhaps even more importantly, there is a concerted effort in the work to understand what the library’s institution values and how the library can and should support that framework.

As the announcement about the project explained:

“The objective of this project is to produce a comprehensive study of the return on investment and the consequent value proposition that law libraries provide,” said AALL President Steven P. Anderson.

This project builds upon some work I have done in the past.  Namely a discussion of valuation methodologies contained one of my books, Adding Value in Corporate Libraries and Information Services and an article published in SLA’s Information Outlook “Beyond Metrics”. (Membership Required)

It is exciting to be a part of the work with HBR and AALL.

If you are interested in learning more feel free to contact me. A survey will be conducted later in the project that will seek input from stakeholders and information professionals so stay tuned.

Constance Ard
April 17, 2014