User Knowledge Management – How University Libraries Analyse User Needs and Develop Services

Håkan Carlsson, Tore Torngren

    Forskningsoutput: KonferensbidragKonferensabstractPeer review


    The demands on library services are quickly changing in a continually updating digital age. This increases the importance of a good understanding of the needs and demands of the users. In order to sample and follow the change in user needs library organisations analyse their efforts using a series of different methods. In a recent survey distributed to all 301 European LIBER university libraries, we asked questions pertaining to methods for quality development, particularly implementation of general user surveys (GUS). Among the 127 answering libraries (42%) we analysed how library services can be developed via a user-centred approach. In general, libraries engaged in explorative methods, such as UX techniques or process mapping, displayed an increased understanding of what the users find as library strengths. On the other hand libraries using primarily reporting tools such as balanced scorecard showed little or no such effect. The library strengths most valued by users in the study were in the areas of the physical library, researcher support - especially in the area of scholarly communication - and information literacy tuition. Several answers indicate that user feedback has helped build institutional profile and image. The results also give an indication of how general user surveys can best be used. Appropriate follow-up after the survey is important in gaining usable results. The key step was the production of a written report, which resulted in a nearly 50% increased chance of obtaining changes in services. Most libraries developed their own surveys for the effort. Services most commonly changed after performing a GUS were in the areas of the physical library, followed by communication/marketing and information literacy tuition. A GUS most often leads to a number of minor service improvements rather than large strategic shifts. This work was commissioned and supported by the former LIBER Working Group on Research and Education.
    Antal sidor1
    StatusPublished - 2018 jun 18
    EvenemangThe 39th Annual IATUL Conference - Oslo, Norge
    Varaktighet: 2018 jun 182018 jun 21
    Konferensnummer: 39


    KonferensThe 39th Annual IATUL Conference
    Förkortad titelIATUL

    Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

    • Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning


    • User knowlegde management
    • methods for quality development


    Utforska forskningsämnen för ”User Knowledge Management – How University Libraries Analyse User Needs and Develop Services”. Tillsammans bildar de ett unikt fingeravtryck.

    Citera det här