ILS 119,1/2 Assessing value and impact in academic libraries in the 21st century: personal perspectives and views from the Guest Editors This Editorial is speciﬁcally grounded in the Guest Editors’ personal views and experiences around value and impact assessment in academic libraries. For this reason, the choice has been made not to provide citations and context. This substantive and evidence-based approach will be found in the papers that make up this themed issue. The two Guest Editors of this themed issue started working in academic libraries in the late 1970s when the role of the library and the services provided were fairly self-evident. The library, situated symbolically at the centre of the campus and usually a standalone department, was widely accepted by managers, academics, researchers and students as being central to the support of academic and student activity. Online searching of remote databases was in its infancy and, even then, it was rare for the users to do the searching themselves. If the intention was to make full use of its services, the library building itself had to be visited. Library stock and services were visible – printed books and journals displayed on shelves, face-to-face enquiry services and all
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