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Library Benchmarking Project

Library Benchmarking Project

The Library Benchmarking Project aims to provide a shared response to the question: if we [the university library] enable and support the academic endeavor, how do we measure our effectiveness?  The project considers benchmarking activities in three identifiable areas of support: support for research, support for learning and teaching, and the role of the library as a place within the student experience.

An overview of the Library Benchmarking Project is available in the following publications:

Amos, H. and Hart, S. (2013). International collaboration for quality: A case study of fostering collaboration across an international network of University Libraries through an activity based benchmarking project, Proceedings of the 34th Annual IATUL conference. Downloadable from:

Hart, S. and Amos, H. (2014) The development of performance measures through an activity based benchmarking project across an international network of academic libraries, Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol. 15 No.1/2 pp. 58-66. DOI: 10.1108/PMM-03-2014-0010.

Regular updates are provided in Te Whakatere, the newsletter of the Library Benchmarking Project:

Issue 1, September 2011:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2011_Sep_Issue1
Issue 2, December 2011:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2011_Dec_Issue2
Issue 3, September 2012:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2012_Sep_Issue3
Issue 4, December 2012:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2012_Dec_Issue4
Issue 5, September 2013:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2013_Sep_Issue5
Issue 6, December 2013:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2013_Dec_Issue6
Issue 7, September 2014:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2014_Sep_Issue7
Issue 8, December 2014:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2014_Dec_Issue8
Issue 9, September 2015:  Library benchmarking newsletter_2015_Sep_Issue9
Issue 10, December 2015: Library benchmarking newsletter_2015_Dec_Issue10
Issue 11, August 2016: Library benchmarking newsletter_2016_Aug_Issue11
Issue 12, December 2016: Library benchmarking newsletter_2016_Dec_Issue12

Issue 13, September 2017: Library benchmarking newsletter_2017_Sep_Issue13
Issue 14, December 2017: Library benchmarking newsletter_2017_Dec_Issue 14

        Issue 15, August 2018: 2018_Aug_Issue 15