Fit for Purpose: Developing business cases for new services in research libraries

(30 October 2013) Fit for Purpose is a collaborative research project that will recommend methods for effective business planning in research libraries. It recognizes first that there are opportunities for research libraries to respond to the turbulence in scholarly communications and a potential role in the management of the data supporting scholarly research. But these opportunities raise the risks of acting with limited knowledge of the longer-term costs of developing and sustaining new services. The goal of the project is to present a structured, disciplined approach for making decisions about creating and maintaining new services in research libraries. The structure described in the project output provides tools with which to determine whether and how to create a new service.

This project is funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

The full announcement is here.