MLA Federal Libraries Section

CALCULATING RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI) IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

June 2005 -- University of Maryland, Masters of Information Management (MIM) Study Team's Progress Report on Performance Metrics
MIM Team Main Report:
http://www.loc.gov/flicc/mim/measurement.pdf
MIM Report Bibliography:
http://www.loc.gov/flicc/mim/bibliography.pdf

(from the Executive Summary)
"Calculating Return on Investment (ROI) is the newest challenge for justifying funding in the public sector. ROI can assist Federal librarians in successfully achieving their library's missions and goals. Business thinking is entering the Government from the private sector where it is customary to perform ROI to justify funding departments, programs, or staff. Even for career Federal managers, there is increasing pressure to use business methodologies in managing Federal agencies. ROI in the private sector is easier to calculate because private businesses are profit-oriented, product-producting organizations. ROI is a new concept to public sector organizations. The challenge for organizations like Federal libraries and information centers is to find a way to compute ROI even though they are not revenue producing organizations.

The purpose of this paper is to assist Federal libraries in describing their value to the organizations they support through a Performance Measurement Model (PMM). An attached set of reference charts of performance measurement tools and methodologies is provided to assist each library at each stage of the performance measurement process. This PMM outlines the history of how libraries have measured their performance and justified their funding in the past and how the newer concept of ROI fits into the future model of performance measurement."To download the full report and its bibliography, click on the links provided above.

June 2004 -- Business Case for Information Services: EPA's Regional Libraries and Centers
EPA Publication number EPA 260-R-04-001, January 2004
http://www.epa.gov/natlibra/epa260r04001.pdf

An ROI (return on investment) study by the Environmental Protection Agency's network of regional and environmental center libraries of the costs and value of services being provided by the libraries.  Mr. Richard Huffine, manager of the EPA's library network, discussed the study at the June 3, 2004 FLICC Quarterly Meeting.  To review the findings of the study, download the document at the link above.


TOOLS FOR FEDERAL LIBRARIANS:

  • Sample Disaster Recovery Contract (FLICC)
  • 2nd Edition of the Handbook of Federal Librarianship now available

  • HOMELAND SECURITY DIGITAL LIBRARY:

    The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) library website is the home of the 
    "Homeland Security Digital Library":

       http://www.hsdl.org

    BIBLIOGRAPHIES:



    The Consumer Health Information page on the public VA website:

     http://www.va.gov/VALNET/Consumer_Health.asp




    Bibliographies compiled by Cathy Jordan (WRAMC) on a number of topics of current interest:
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