Volentine, R., & Tenopir, C. (2013). Value of academic reading and value of the library in academics’ own words. In Aslib Proceedings, 65 (4), 425-440. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
This qualitative study investigated how 2000 academic staff members from 6 universities in the UK conceptualized the value of academic reading and academic libraries. The participants were asked via survey to describe their last academic reading in terms of its purpose, the outcomes of the reading, and the value of the reading and access to library collections.
The major study findings were that articles were important for all types of academic work in various disciplines. Consequently library e-journal collections are highly valued by the participants, but electronic access was often an issue. Book collections were also valued. Although similar findings have been found in other studies, the study authors state that qualitative studies, which allow participants to describe value in their own words, can be more impactful when demonstrating library value.