Assessing 'Goodness': A Review of Quality Frameworks for Australian Academic Libraries

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Quality assessment can help a library link its services and performance to strategic university goals and priorities. A vast body of professional literature describes quality and assessment theory and practice in libraries, including comprehensive International Standards. However there is no single measure of ‘goodness’ for libraries, and choices must be made to ensure assessment activities are effective and sustainable. Libraries seeking to strategically demonstrate their value and proactively respond to emerging priorities have much to gain from an understanding of this field. This review article aims to highlight the features, advantages and outcomes associated with contemporary approaches to quality management and assessment, and offer sources for further exploration. International Standards are discussed, as well as specific methodologies and approaches. This review is placed in the context of current issues and opportunities for Australian academic libraries.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-230
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of the Australian Library and Information Association
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StatePublished - 11 Jul 2017


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