Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries

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MediaCommons Press is very pleased to announce the release of “Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries,” a report co-sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF). “Fit for Purpose” argues that libraries developing digital scholarship services should adopt structured, disciplined approaches to planning for their success; the report presents a set of recommendations that libraries can adopt when developing any new service. “Fit for Purpose” attends closely to entrepreneurial activities such as library-based publishing and data stewardship because of the uncertainty and complexity of those services.

“Fit for Purpose” was developed by a team that includes Mike Furlough (Penn State), Ted Fons (OCLC), Elizabeth Kirk (Dartmouth), Michele Reid (North Dakota State), and Carol Hunter (University of North Carolina). Noted consultant Judy Luther serves as an advisor to the project.

MediaCommons Press, CLIR, and the project team hope that readers will engage in a dialogue with the authors and their colleagues about the recommendations and their related experiences.